Former Student Federation of India (SFI) leader, Abin C Raj, has been apprehended for his involvement in providing a fraudulent BCom certificate to Nikhil Thomas. Abin, who is the second accused in the highly contentious fake graduation certificate case, was taken into custody shortly after his arrival at Nedumbassery from abroad.
Nikhil, upon being caught with the fake certificate, implicated Abin Raj, the former area secretary of SFI Kayamkulam, as the source of the fraudulent document. Acting on this statement, the police initiated efforts to bring Abin back from the Maldives, where he was reportedly residing. As the investigation progressed, authorities received information suggesting that Abin had been involved in fabricating numerous other counterfeit certificates.
It is believed that in Kayamkulam alone, approximately 10 individuals gained admission to colleges and secured employment using fake certificates provided by Abin. These forged documents came at a hefty cost, with many people allegedly paying between two to four lakh rupees for their fraudulent qualifications. Abin reportedly supplied fake certificates for various purposes, including higher education, legal studies, and employment, all under the guise of Kalinga University.