Srinagar: Pending “final rounds” of its investigation, the Crime Branch of police is likely to file within next 15 days supplementary charge-sheet against nine more candidates identified by it as beneficiaries of the 2012 cash-for-paper scam allegedly orchestrated by the former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE), Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
In its fresh status report filed before the J&K High Court, the Crime Branch has said that besides filing the charge-sheet, it will simultaneously send details of evidence to BOPEE authorities within a fortnight to enable the CET conducting body take a final call on fate of the nine candidates.
“As the investigation is under progress, the identity of these nine candidates is deemed still proper to be kept under wraps,” the Crime Branch said.
The investigating agency has already booked 12 beneficiaries who were prima facie found by it to have purchased the CET-2012 question papers before the scheduled examination against monetary considerations.
Six of them are at the moment lodged in Central Jail here while fresh arrest warrants have been issued against three others—two of them girls—by a Special Anti-Corruption Court. The three remaining beneficiaries are minors (below 18 years of age), and the Crime Branch is soon filing a separate charge-sheet before a competent court for offence as defined under section 2(n) of J&K Juvenile Justices (Protection and care) act 2013.
Apart from the 12 candidates, the Crime Branch has also booked nine parents, three brokers—Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, Harooq Rasheed Lone— and the principal accused Mushtaq Peer in case (FIR 24/2013) Under Section 420, 120B RPC, 5(2)d r/w (5(2) PC Act of Police Station Crime Branch. Except for Lone, others are presently lodged in the Central Jail on judicial custody. Like three beneficiary students, fresh non-bailable warrants stand issued against Lone by the Anti-Corruption Judge Kashmir.
The Crime Branch said that while its investigation against other suspected candidates was on, non-cooperation on part of various telecom service providers was hampering the probe.
“Concerned officers of BSNL, Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and Reliance were approached afresh by the investigating agency for furnishing the call detail records (CDR) and other documents of some important call numbers which are very vital to the unearthing of the nexus,” it said.
It said the companies were served with notice under section 94 CrpC on January 22 to provide the call details. However, some of them, it added, responded with the “unusual excuse” of being not in a position to furnish the call details beyond one year.
“The BSNL authorities did not respond to the fresh request at all,” the Crime Branch said, underling that the non-availability of CDRs was adversely affecting the investigation and “may hamper the investigating agency to lay hands on any left out candidates, if not linked by other available evidence.”