CET scam: Court extends jail stay of 6 students till Jan 28

Srinagar: A local court on Monday extended judicial custody of six students identified by the Crime Branch of police to have fraudulently obtained papers of Common Entrance Test and got selected for MBBS at Government Medical College here in 2012.
The students were produced by the Crime Branch before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Mohan Lal Manhas, who extended their stay at Central Jail here till January 28.
The students include Ahmad Faraz, son of Mohammad Iqbal of Naibasti Bijbehara; Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din of Samthan Bijbehara; Naveed Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat of Murhama Bijbehara; Khursheed Ahmad Dar, son of Bashir Ahmad Dar of Chinigund Bijbehara; Yasir Yousuf Hajam, son of late Mohammad Yousuf Hajam of Chandan Pajjan Bijbehara; and Yasir Yousuf Dar, son of Mohammad Yousuf Dar of Pazalpora Bijbehara.
Earlier, the court reserved orders till ensuing Monday (January 27) on the bail plea moved by three of the students after hearing their counsels and objections by Crime Branch.
Rejecting the contention by the students that there is no evidence against them, the Crime Branch said its investigation has prima facie established that they participated in a conspiracy and fraudulently obtained the question paper of the CET prior to the conduct of examination.
“The plea taken by the accused applicants that there is no evidence against them is baseless and not based on actual facts,” the Crime Branch said while objecting to the bail plea moved by Ahmad Faraz, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone and Naveed Ahmad Bhat.
It said the trio was involved in a “heinous offence” and cannot claim bail as a matter of right.
“In case they are granted the bail, there is likelihood of tempering of prosecution evidence by them. They will try to win over the prosecution witnesses,” the Crime Branch said, insisting that they have committed the offence which is against the public at large.
“There is enough material submitted before Court with the chargesheet establishing the commission of crime by the accused as a result of well-planned conspiracy, and as such equipping them with the bail would hamper the trial of the case.”
The Crime Branch said these days “such rackets” are increasing by “leaps and bounds” and stressed for the need for having a timely check.
“The repetition of such wrongs can be prevented only by withholding the concession of bail to the accused involved in such offences,” the Crime Branch said, maintaining that the case, involving the former Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Peer is a mega scandal where the confidence of public especially of hard working students has been shaken. “These types of incidents are murdering the merit of students.”
The Crime Branch has named 12 students and nine parents besides Peer in the chargesheet.
Among the students, three are minors, and as per CPO of Crime Branch Khalid Muzaffar, they will be produced separately before the competent court. The other three students and the three parents will be produced before the court on January 28 when main case has been posted.