Srinagar: The Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) has cancelled the selection and admission of 12 candidates identified by the Crime Branch of police as the beneficiaries of the multi-million cash-for-paper scam in Common Entrance Test-2012.
In his status report, Secretary BOPEE, Khursheed Ahmad Shah informed the High Court on Monday that the selection and admissions were cancelled on February 15 (vide order no. 04 of 2014).
The 12 students are: Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, Yasir Yousuf Dar, Shafeeq-ur-Rehman Lone, Khursheed Ahmad Dar, Navid Ahmad Bhat, Yasir Yousuf Hajam, Bazila Bilal Vaid, Amira Shakeel, Saiqa Manzoor, Ahmad Faraz, Shahida Shafi and Sadam Farooq Shah.
The Board has conveyed its decision to Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, where the 12 students were studying, requesting them to be struck off the rolls.
“The University of Kashmir has been also informed that the registration of the students may be cancelled,” Shah said.
Regarding the High Court direction of providing space to the meritorious candidates whose rights were usurped by the beneficiaries of the scam, the BOPEE said its implementation involves many stakeholders including the Principals of GMC Srinagar and Jammu, Director SKIIMS, Srinagar, Director ASSOMS, Jammu, Principals of Government Dental College Srinagar and Jammu, Principal Dental College, Sehora Jammu, Dean Academic Affairs SKUAST Jammu/Srinagar, Dean Academics University of Kashmir/ University of Jammu, President Medical Council of India, Secretary Dental Council of India, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, ARI Trainings Department and Commissioner/Secretary to Government Health & Medical Education Department.
“The admissions against the seats vacated by the cancellation of admission of 12 candidates in GMC Srinagar is to be made from those who would have otherwise occupied the ranks which were fraudulently occupied by candidates whose admissions have been cancelled,” Shah said. “The perusal of the select list prepared on the basis of CET-2012 reveals that meritorious candidates are studying in different medical colleges/dental colleges.”
Some of them, he said, are studying against free seats in private colleges and some against payment seats.
“The process of consultation is, therefore, necessary before taking any final decision in regard to the grant of admissions against the vacated seats in favour of meritorious candidates,” the BOPEE Secretary said.
Consultation with Medical Council and Dental Council of India has also been felt necessary as the admission against now available vacant seats will be a midterm admission.
“The registration of the students who may be admitted against the vacant seats by universities may also pose a problem for the students themselves,” the Secretary said, underscoring that the consultation with the Registrars of KU and JU seems to be very essential.
In this regard, the Secretary said, communications have already been issued to all the authorities by the BOPEE so that pros and cons relevant to the issue can be discussed.
The authorities, the Secretary said, have been requested to attend the meeting on February 23 at BOPEE office Bahu Plaza, Jammu.
Apart from the 12 candidates, the investigating agency has also booked nine parents and three brokers—Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, Harooq Rasheed Lone— and the prime 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. It is likely to file supplementary charge sheet against nine more candidates shortly.