CET scam: Crime Branch files chargesheet against 25 persons

CET scam: Crime Branch files chargesheet against 25 persons

SRINAGAR: The Crime Brach (CB) of police on Sunday filed chargesheet in the Common Entrance Test (CET) cash-for-paper scam of 2012, naming as accused 25 persons including former chairman of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, two brokers, 12 students and their parents.
The chargesheet was filed before the Special Judge Anticorruption (Kashmir) at his residence in winter-capital, Jammu, in view of court vacations in the Valley.
“Chargesheet has been filed based on the investigations carried out by the (CB). Besides Peer and his associates, the students and their parents so far found involved in the scam have been named in the challan,” a senior officer in the CB told Kashmir Reader.
The case is scheduled to be heard on January 18.
The multi-million scam surfaced last year when CB investigations, carried out on directions of the government, revealed that Peer had leaked the question papers for 2012 CET.
Peer had sold the papers to Farooq Ahmad Itoo, alleged kingpin in the scam, who was running a computer centre in his hometown Anantnag in South Kashmir.
Itoo had purchased papers from Peer for Rs 60 lakh, and he and his close aide Sajad Ahmad Bhat, later sold them to interested students and parents against hefty sums. All the three accused are in police custody already with court having refused their bail pleas.
So far, names of 12 students who are studying in the Government Medical College here and mostly belong to Anantnag, have surfaced in the scam, and the government has, reportedly, set in motion the process for cancellation of their admissions.
In its chargesheet, CB has said that Peer “abused his official position” to obtain “wrongful gain” for himself.
“While concluding the enquiry, it surfaced that the officers/officials of BOPEE in league with Farooq Ahmed Itoo and others have by abuse of their official position fraudulently and dishonestly made available the question papers to beneficiaries during the conduct of CET examination 2012 and in order to confer undue benefit upon the selected beneficiaries with a view to obtain wrongful gain for themselves,” the chargesheet, filed under FIR No. 24/2013 u/s 5(1) (d) r/w section 5(2) PC Act and RPC section 406/201/420/120-B, says.
However, CB is expected to file a supplementary chargesheet in the case after further investigations.
“Regarding some other accused, the investigation is still on and charge-sheet against (them) shall be filed separately,” the CB has said in the chargesheet.