CET scam: Court sends ‘kingpin’ to jail

Srinagar: A day after non-bailable warrant was issued against him along with four other accused, the Crime Branch of police on Wednesday produced Farooq Ahmad Itoo, one of the kingpins in multi-crore Common Entrance Test scam 2012, before a local court here.
Sleuths of Crime Branch produced Itoo, who has been named accused number 2 in the chargesheet, before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Mohan Lal Manhas.
The Crime Branch also urged court to grant him pardon, as it intends to make him an approver in the case.
“In order to make him approver, the court should ensure that the accused should overcome promises of police if any,” the Judge said while sending Itoo, a resident of Darigund Bijbehara, to Central Jail on judicial custody.
The court on Tuesday issued warrants against five accused including Itoo, three beneficiary candidates—Bazila Bilal Vaid, Amira Shakeel and Sadam Farooq—and one of the ‘brokers’ in the scam, Haroon Rashid Lone of Dayalgam to secure their presence on next date of hearing on February 2.
Investigation carried by the Crime Branch has so far revealed that Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, the former chairman of BOPEE, had sold the CET-2012 papers to Itoo for Rs 60 lakhs. Itoo, the Crime Branch said, had later sold the papers among a number of students and sub-brokers against hefty sums.
The Crime Branch has filed chargesheet against Peer, Itoo and 23 others including nine parents and 12 beneficiary students under section 173 CrPC in case FIR no. 24/2013 of Police Station Crime Branch u/s 5(1) (d) read with PC Act and sections 406, 201, 420, 120-B RPC.