While 12 people have so far been arrested by the police in Uttar Pradesh in connection with this case, Gupta remains at large. An FIR was registered against Sachin Gupta.
Special Task Force Sub-Inspector Sanjay Solanki has also filed a lawsuit against Sachin Gupta and five other people at the Partapur Police Station.
The scam was reportedly discovered by the Special Task Force (STF) in the Meerut district.
Brajesh Kumar Singh, the STF’s DSP, said Sachin Gupta owns a warehouse in Acchonda, Partapur, and a printing press in Mohkampur.
“He is on the run and efforts are being made to arrest him. Shortly after the raid, police officers spoke to Sachin over the phone and he said he would come with the papers of books but didn’t come later and also switched from his cell phone “, he said.
The investigation so far has shown that the duplicate books were printed and delivered in seven states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi.
There were also about 364 fake NCERT books, including books on physics, chemistry, and math for grades 9-12.
Sachin Gupta was previously involved in the printing of forged books for the Uttar Pradesh Board. It remains unclear whether action was taken in the previous instance.
The real NCERT books are only printed in Delhi and are available to retailers with a 15 percent commission. Also, retailers must prepay the full amount to get the real books.
The duplicate books, on the other hand, are available at 30 percent commission and no prepayment is required to purchase them.
Former Uttar Pradesh prime minister and Samajwadi party president Akhilesh Yadav meanwhile went to Twitter to ask the BJP to teach their leaders a lesson in moral education.