Srinagar: The Crime Branch of police on Saturday charged 15 more persons, six of them students, with criminal conspiracy to usurp meritorious candidates in selection of MBBS course though Common Entrance Test in 2012.
The Crime Branch filed a supplementary chargesheet before Special Anti-Corruption judge M L Manhas which includes name of former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer and three “brokers”—Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Sajjad Ahmad Bhat and Haroon Rashid Lone—in addition to the 15, nine of them parents.
Earlier the Crime Branch had filed charge-sheet against 25 persons, 12 of them beneficiaries of the scam, described to be mega scandal of the BOPEE by the Crime Branch.
Recently, the Crime Branch told J&K High Court that it has identified nine more candidates, three of whom are minors. While six candidates have now been charge-sheeted, the investigating agency is likely to file supplementary challan against the three minors.
Among the fresh 15, 14 persons continue to evade arrest and the Special Anti-Corruption court issued arrest warrants under section 512 CrPC against them with the direction to Manager Government Press for publication.
The issuance of warrant against the ‘absconding 14’ was issued by the court following submission by Mohammad Aftab Mir, Additional SP Crime Branch that the proceedings under section 512 CrPC be initiated against them “as they are not traced at this stage despite repeated searches.”
The 14 persons charge-sheeted include Mohammad Amin Ganie, Mir Wahid Majeed, Mir Danish Majeed, Abdul Majeed Mir, Fida Hussain, Ruhail Amin, Mohammad Amin Mir, Hilal Ahmad Shokli, Imtiyaz-ul-Hassan, Altaf Hussain Shah, Yasmina Jan, Arooj Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmad Kinoo and Mushtaq Ahmad Dar.
At the time of the filing of the supplementary charge-sheet, only one of the accused, Jan Mohammad Dar, son of Ghulam Qadir Dar, of Aali Kadal was present before the court and was sent back to Central jail Srinagar on judicial remand.
Jan was arrested on February 11 in connection with scam alleged to have been engineered by the former chairman of BOPEE Mushtaq Peer who is lodged in Central Jail since November 23 last year.
Meanwhile, the court directed the Superintendent of the Central Jail to produce Peer, three “brokers” and Jan Mohammad Dar for next date of hearing on March 13.
The Crime Branch has filed FIR 24/2013 for commission 20 (Cheating) 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust) 201 (Giving False Information) 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 5(2)d r/w (5(2) PC Act.