CET Scam: ‘One parent bought paper for son, then sold it to two candidates for profit’

Srinagar: One of the accused in the 2012- Common Entrance Test (CET) scam not only bought question papers for his son but sold them to two more candidates for a “good profit”. This has been revealed by the Crime Branch of police, investigating the scam allegedly engineered by former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Test Examination Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, sources said.
“Not only did the parent recover the money he had paid for the papers for his son, he earned a good profit by selling them to two other candidates,” sources said.
The parent has been arrested and is currently languishing in Central Jail Srinagar, they said.
Investigators have also found out that more than Rs 2 crore exchanged hands in the scam.
This and more information is likely to be divulged by the Crime Branch when it files a supplementary charge-sheet before the Special Anti-Corruption judge here, possibly during the course of ensuing week. Besides fresh information, the Crime Branch is likely to file chargesheet against nine more beneficiaries.
So far, the Crime Branch has revealed money dealings up to the tune of Rs 1.1 crore involving 12 candidates. Farooq Ahmad Itoo, named as second prime accused after Mushtaq Ahmad Peer in the scam, is alleged to have been involved in direct deal with nine students while rest of the dealings were settled by other ‘brokers’—Sajjad Ahmad Bhat and Haroon Rashid.
Peer, who was arrested on November 23, had sold papers to Itoo against Rs 60 lakhs. While Peer took Rs 30 lakhs in advance before handing over papers to Itoo, the remaining amount was paid to him when the results were declared, the Crime Branch has said.
The Crime Branch 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 presently languishing 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 Saturday filed a separate charge-sheet before a Chief Judicial Parents for offence as defined under section 2(n) of J&K Juvenile Justices (Protection and care) act 2013.
Apart from the 12 candidates, the investigating agency has also booked nine parents, three brokers—Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, Harooq Rasheed Lone— and the principal accused Mushtaq Ahmad 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 Haroon Rasheed Lone, others are presently lodged in central jail on judicial custody. Like three beneficiary students, fresh NBW stands issued against Lone by the Anti-Corruption Judge Kashmir.

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