Kingpin of NU scam Kohchade dies after heart attack in jail

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Aug 2017 09:41:44


Staff Reporter,

Yadav Natthu Kohchade, kingpin of Nagpur University (NU) marksheet, revaluation and degree scandal passed away on Thursday evening. He suffered a heart attack in prison and was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital around 3.15 pm on Thursday. The heart attack was severe and the doctors declared him dead around 4 pm. He was 62. He is survived by wife Kusum and a son Naresh. The last rites will be performed at his native village Chikhli-Jamni in Deoali taluka of Wardha district, after post-mortem on Friday.

Kohchade was brought to NU by the then V-C W M alias Dadasaheb Kalmegh, as his driver. Yadav pursued higher education while working with the University and from daily wage worker rose to the position of Assistant Registrar. He was posted in Professional Examination Section and later in Confidential Section. While working in Professional Examination Section Yadav Kohchade completed PG in Marathi literature and later acquired doctoral degree.

During his tenure in the Confidential Section, many complaints poured in about malpractice in revaluation. The Hitavada had published a blank marksheet with signature, on March 9, 1999, exposing the scandal in varsity results. Many university officers, teachers and students were found involved as accomplice or beneficiary. Over 200 students were found to have benefited from the scandal. Kohchade’s PhD was not awarded following exposure of the scam.

Kohchade was arrested on June 19, 1999, while offering bribe to PSI Anil Lokhande of Sitabuldi Police Station, at Hotel Gangaur, Sitabuldi. He was arrested and sent to jail and later externed. Although he got relief in most of the cases of malpractices in revaluation, the case of bribing a police officer continued.

He was again arrested on July 19, 2017 as the court inflicted four years’ imprisonment. Since then he was in the jail. Following the scam over 60 amendments were carried out in the Nagpur University Act, 1994, in an effort to remove loopholes which could be easily exploited.