Abin C Raj, the second accused in the fake degree case involving Nikhil Thomas, has been dismissed from his job, according to reports. The Maldivian government has reportedly revoked his SIM card and work permit, leading to his termination from his position as a teacher in the Maldives. Abin, previously an area president of SFI (Students’ Federation of India) and a member of the district secretariat, now faces serious consequences for his alleged involvement in the fake degree scandal.
Abin C Raj was apprehended by the Kayamkulam police last night upon his arrival at Kochi airport from the Maldives. He played a crucial role in providing the degree certificate to Nikhil Thomas, who is the primary accused in the case. To gather evidence, Nikhil will be taken to the Orion agency in Ernakulam, the source of the certificate. During police questioning, Nikhil revealed that Abin Raj issued the certificate after accepting a sum of Rs 2 lakh.
Under pressure from the Kerala police, Abin, who had been working in the Maldives, was compelled to return home. His family had informed the police of their intention to intervene and facilitate his repatriation. Abin boarded a flight from the Maldives at noon yesterday, transiting through Chennai before arriving in Kochi. Upon his arrival, the police immediately detained him for further investigation. It is believed that Abin had provided fake degree certificates to numerous individuals.
Prior to this case, the SFI had taken disciplinary action against Abin C Raj following complaints from two female students. Subsequently, he resided with his mother in Uttar Pradesh. Approximately one and a half years ago, Abin moved to the Maldives. The details of his activities during this period are now subject to scrutiny as law enforcement authorities delve deeper into the matter.