SRINAGAR: Former chairman of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, who is in jail for his role in the multi-million cash-for-paper scam in 2012 Common Entrance Test (CET), has now come under the scanner of New Delhi’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) for holding assets worth Rs 25 crore in the Indian capital and in Jammu.
Preliminary investigations by the ED have revealed that Peer owns two flats in New Delhi, and a flat and a house in Jammu, a media report said Tuesday.
“Peer and his family had, in three years, built properties and assets worth Rs 25 crore, including two flats in New Delhi, a flat and a house in Jammu, 2.10 acres of land in Kashmir and a house in Pahalgam and Srinagar,” the Indian Express said, quoting unnamed ED officials.
“The agencies identified several bank accounts in his and his associates’ names allegedly showing deposits worth several lakhs,” it said, adding that ED registered a case against Peer after receiving a reference from the state government.
Peer is presently facing trial in the CET scam, which surfaced last year when investigations by police’s Crime Branch revealed that he had leaked the question papers for 2012 CET.
The investigations by the Crime Branch so far have revealed that Peer had sold the question papers to alleged kingpin in the scam, Farooq Ahmad Itoo, who was running a computer centre in his hometown Anantnag in South Kashmir. Itoo had purchased the papers against Rs 60 lakh, and later he and his close aide Sajad Ahmad Bhat sold them to interested students and parents against hefty sums.
Last week, Crime Branch filed chargeheet against Peer, Itoo, Bhat and 22 others including 12 students from two medical colleges here. The case is listed for trial before the Special Judge Anticorruption Kashmir on January 18.
However, the case is simultaneously being probed by ED after having received a reference from the state government, the Indian Express reported.
“ED registered a case after receiving a reference from the state government. The case has been registered under section 3 of prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Under the provisions, properties and bank accounts can be attached by the agency if charges are proved,” the daily said.
“Investigation revealed that the net was spread to other states and the agency will soon start questioning Peer and the others,” it added.
The officials in J&K are, however, tightlipped over the issue.
While both Home and General Administration Departments expressed ignorance about the ED investigations when contacted by Kashmir Reader, the IGP (Crime) Javaid Mujtaba Gilani refused to talk about it.