CET scam: Crime Branch files chargesheet against 3 minors

Srinagar: The Crime Branch of Police on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet before a local court here against three more minors, the alleged beneficiaries of multi-crore cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test of 2012.
The chargesheet was presented before Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Verinder Singh Bahu against the trio—Ubaid Yousuf Lone, Ayina Hilal and Meem Hi Mehran—for offence as defined under section 2(n) of J&K Juvenile Justices (Protection and care) Act 2013.
With this, the number of minor charge-sheeted by the Crime Branch has gone up to six and total number of beneficiary candidates to 21.
Earlier last month, on February 8, the Crime Branch filed chargesheet against three minors, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Saika Mansoor and Shahida Shafi.
The 15 majors (above 18-years of age) were challaned on January 9 and March 1 last respectively.
Meanwhile, 18 accused including former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer and two “brokers” Sajjad Ahmad Bhat and Haroon Rashid Lone were produced before the Special Anti-Corruption judge Mohan Lal Manhas in connection with trial in case (FIR 24/2013) Under Section 420, 120B RPC, 5(2)d r/w (5(2) PC Act of Police Station Crime Branch.
The court also issued fresh non-bailable arrest warrant against three beneficiary students, two of them girls, as they continue to absconding.
Earlier, advocate Moulvi Aijaz, counsel representing the students, submitted that girls should be granted bail on “humanitarian grounds.” However, Chief Prosecuting Officer of Crime Branch, Khalid Muzaffar opposed it with the contention that “everyone was same before law.”