|Chandra Mohan Jha|
Chandra Mohan Jha, an Independent candidate from Bihar’s Jhanjarpur parliamentary constituency, wanted by Meghalaya police in connection with fraud and selling fake degree certificates was arrested Tuesday by Meghalaya’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Bihar.
“Our CID (Criminal Investigation Department) team along with Bihar police arrested Jha from Madhubani area in Bihar during his electioneering campaign,” Meghalaya DGP Peter Hanaman said.
“He (Jha) is presently in the custody of Bihar police. We will seek from the court there (Bihar) for his transit remand to Meghalaya for further investigation into criminal charges filed against him,” Hanaman said, refusing to divulge further details.
CMJ University, the first private varsity in this mountainous state capital of Meghalaya, has created a record of sorts by awarding Ph.D. degrees to 434 candidates in the 2012-13 academic year, and enrolled 490 students for the Ph.D. programme during 2012-2013, even as only 10 of its faculty members have doctorates.
Each student desiring to pursue a Ph.D. programme from the university would have to pay Rs. 1.27 lakh.
Jha, the vice-chancellor of controversial CMJ University is accused of fraud, forgery and selling fake degree certificates to students hailing from different parts of the country. He has been evading police arrest after Supreme Court cancelled his anticipatory bail March 7, 2014.