THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A seasoned advocate with nearly a decade of practice in the Kerala High Court is now under the legal spotlight as an FIR has been filed against him for allegedly using a forged LLB certificate. Manu G Rajan, the advocate in question, is facing charges registered by the Ernakulam central police.
According to the FIR, Manu purportedly forged his LLB certificate from Magadh University in Bihar in 2013 and used these credentials to enroll with the Kerala Bar Council. The case was initiated following a complaint filed by Sachin AG, a resident of Maranalloor.
Manu is now facing charges under the IPC Act of 1860, along with sections 465, 468, and 471.
An investigation team has verified the certificate’s authenticity by contacting the examination controller of Magadh University. The Assistant Police Commissioner confirmed that the certificate was indeed forged.
Initially registered at Thiruvananthapuram Cantonment police station, the case was later transferred to Ernakulam Central Police as Manu had enrolled with the Bar Council in Kochi.
Sachin, speaking to The New Indian, revealed that Manu was a student at the Thiruvananthapuram Law College’s 2003 class. However, he failed to complete the course, engaging in student politics as a KSU member and eventually becoming a Kerala University senate member.
Kerala University issued a degree certificate to Manu in 2023, prompting Sachin to request a probe into the circumstances leading to his degree acquisition. “We have written to the state governor requesting a probe into how he managed to obtain the degree. He continues to appear in court for clients,” Sachin said.
The misuse of Magadh University certificates is not a sole incident. Several instances have come to light, including the arrest of Paramjit Kaur, a government school principal in Mohali, in July 2023, for presenting a ‘fake’ M.com certificate from Magadh University.
In 2019, nearly 40 teachers in the Inderwal Zone of Kishtwar district were found to have used fake degree certificates from Magadh University, leading to disciplinary actions by the education department.
Magadh University has reported multiple cases from Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, where lawyers, teachers, and government officials continue their professions for years using forged certificates from the university.
Manthosh Kumar, a university representative, stated, “We have informed the concerned authorities about the matter, as numerous lawyers in Kerala, Maharashtra, and Karnataka high courts are practicing with certificates forged in the name of Magadh University.”