M Kuppan, 48, of Shenoy Nagar and T Raja, 40, of Perambur, teachers at a corporation school in MGR Nagar, were nabbed based on a complaint from corporation education officer K Ravichandran. Police said the two joined the corporation school in 1998 after obtaining fake certificates from a broker named Krishnakumar of Tiruttani. They paid 15,000 each to the broker, police said.
"Their Class 10 and Class 12 marks lists were original, but their certificates claiming they had completed a teachers' training course was fake," an investigating officer said.
The corporation education officer in his complaint alleged that he received a petition saying 29 certificates submitted by teachers of civic body-run schools were fake. The certificates were sent for verification to the education department which confirmed that eight were fake. Two of these belonged to Kuppan and Raja, who on interrogation, admitted to the offence. Further checks are on to establish their authenticity.
The two, booked under IPC Sections 465 (punishment for forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 420 (cheating), have been remanded in judicial custody.