Long before TV cameras flashed visuals of fake Bihar toppers, the forged degrees issued by Himgiri Zee University, the foray of Zee Group into higher education, had come under the scanner.

Earlier this year, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court by Prashant Bhushan, however no strict action has been taken as yet.

In March, acting upon the plea from students over the irregularities and issuance of fake degrees, Supreme Court issued notice to Uttarakhand based Zee Himgiri University, its patron Subhash Chandra and asked them to clear their stand.

The court observed through a writ petition filed by students that Zee Himgiri University has been involved in giving out fake and forged degrees that are unrecognised under the UGC rules and regulations.