Mumbai University Peon sentenced to 6 Months in Jail For Fudging Marks

Mangesh Padelkar, a peon from Mumbai University, had increased marks of three SYBSc students. The forgery was first noticed by a clerk in 2001.

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It has been 18 years since a Mumbai University peon had been accused of tampering marks of three Second Year Bachelor's of Science (SYBSc) students to pass them. He had changed the marks from 21 to 41, 18 to 35 and 20 to 40 out of 100.

The accused, Mangesh Padelkar (51) has been found guilty by the court and has been sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment. 

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The forgery was first noticed by a clerk in 2001, who then brought it to the notice of the Vice Chancellor. The mark list and the original papers were verified and Padelkar's forgery came into light. Afraid of the consequences, the accused confessed to his crime and apologised. This confession, in turn, was provided as evidence in court.

The court refused to grant leniency after the defence pleaded and the court further said that the accused not only committed the crime but also maligned the pious institution of education that too when he was appointed by the government with faith and trust. Thus, he betrays the trust of office.

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