The Manglabag police on Wednesday arrested an employee of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on charges of selling fake High School Certificate (HSC) in Cuttack.
The accused has been identified as Jamadar Bhramara Bara Nayak.
Sources said Bhramara had sold a fake certificate for Rs 45,000 to a resident of Keonjhar district.
The recipient had approached the board after he came to know that he was cheated as he had got a fake certificate.
It was then that the BSE authorities informed Mangalabag Police for an investigation into the matter.
Acting on the complaint, police launched an inquiry and subsequently arrested Nayak on the charges of selling the fake certificate.
Sushanshu Bhusan Jena, Manglabag inspector-in-charge said, “One certificate has been seized from his possession. He is not cooperating in the investigation."
Jena further informed that the accused Nayak used to be a sweeper but now, he has been promoted to Jamadar.
Fake certificate incidents have been haunting Odisha since long. In January this year, the Odisha Higher Education Department instructed the principals of all colleges across the State to lodge FIR at the local police station against students who had submitted fake disability certificates to get admission.
The order was issued by the department Secretary after reports of admission into a college in Bhadrak by submitting fake disability certificates surfaced recently.