CET scam: Arrest accused without delay, HC tells CB

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Crime Branch of Police to arrest without any delay all the absconding accused in cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test of 2012.
“There is no reason for (Crime Branch) to show a lackadaisical approach in execution of warrants against charge-sheeted accused, who are avoiding arrest and against whom warrants of arrest/general warrants of arrest have been issued,” a division of Justices Hasnain Massodi and Dhiraj Singh Thakur said while hearing a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation.
“There is no reason for the Crime Branch not to make use of tools like proclamation and attachment of property provided under Section 87 & 88 Cr.PC,” the court said, directing the investigating agency to “hone up its machinery” and invoke Sections 87 and 88 CrPC  to ensure that accused are arrested without any delay.
So far, the Crime Branch has arrested 20 persons including former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer. However, there are 14 other accused, beneficiaries as well as facilitators, of the fraud against whom the Crime Branch has filed chargesheet before the Special Anti-corruption Court here.
Among all the accused named in the chargesheet by the Crime Branch, BOPEE has cancelled admission and selection of 21 candidates.
“BOPEE shall publish list of 21 candidates who have a chance to get selected for MBBS course on the strength of their merit in wake of cancellation of admission of 21 accused beneficiaries,” the court said.
“It would be only after they signify and convey their intention to seek consideration for admission to MBBS that BOPEE would have an opportunity to work out modalities for their admission, identity difficulties that may stand in their way and mechanism to iron out such difficulties,” the court added.
The court has also directed all telecom companies to make information available without delay to the Crime Branch which is required by it. In this regard the court directed BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance and Aircel to file fresh response.
In its status report, the Crime Branch had reiterated importance of Call Detail Record (CDR) in unravelling the conspiracy allegedly engineered by Mushtaq Peer.
In the report, court observed, it is pointed out how accused, who initially denied any involvement in alleged conspiracy, were left with no option but to accept their involvement once they were confronted with CDR of their cell phones.