2 more beneficiaries identified by CB

Srinagar: The Crime Branch of Police on Thursday said it has identified two more beneficiaries of multi-crore cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test-2012 even as Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) has decided to redraw list after fresh recommendation from meritorious students for induction in place of 21 de-seated candidates at Government Medical College Srinagar.
In its fresh status report before the High Court, the Crime Branch said it has identified two more candidates, one among them a girl from Jammu, who secured admission in MBBS course by joining the fraud.
“During the course of investigation, Aircel on February 22 furnished call detail records of one vital number which helped the investigating agency to follow two more candidates (names not disclosed for the purpose of investigation), who turned out to be the beneficiaries of the sale of the question papers,” the Crime Branch said.
Interestingly, it said, one of the candidates came all the way from Jammu on both evenings preceding the examination days, accompanied by her father who drove her to and fro for receiving the question papers in Anantnag.
“As the travel from Srinagar to Jammu and back consumes a considerable time, the candidate had no option but to go through the questions and answers while journeying,” the Crime Branch said.
The other candidate being a local was bestowed with the question papers by the same broker (name withheld) on both nights as a freebie for being a long time acquaintance of the person who provider papers to the candidate.
Ironically, as revealed by the broker in his voluntary disclosure, the father of candidate was not aware of it.
As regards the assets of Mushtaq Peer, the kingpin of the scam, the Crime Branch has found that he purchased one flat Delhi in 2010 for an amount of Rs 18 lakhs from one Meer Mushtaq of Shaheen Bagh, Abul Fazal Enclave 25-New Delhi.
Subsequently, in 2012, Peer purchased another flat at Q-125, Freedom Fighter Enclave Neb Sarai New Delhi, for Rs. 25 lakhs from one Dr. Nasir Leharwal “which was better than the first one,” it said.
“Since both the fats are reportedly in unregistered/unauthorised colonies, the related documentation has been of conventional type (general power of attorney), with no formal registration as per the provisions of the Registration Act.”
Meanwhile, advocate G A Lone, representing BOPEE said the Board will redraw its list of 21 candidates who will replace as many candidates whose selection and admission has been already cancelled.
This will be done, Lone said, in wake of a number of representations received by the BOPEE from students who are pursuing in SKIMS Bemina and want to study in GMC Srinagar after the creation of the vacancies.
In its earlier compliance report, the BOPEE had said only eight candidates studying MBBS at ASCOMS Jammu can be accommodated while 13 non-MBBS candidates will be adjusted in session-2014 provided Medical Council of India’s approval.
In identifying the candidates, the BOPEE had said that it did not take into consideration the merit of the candidates who are pursuing MBBS course in Medical College SKIMS and in GMC, Jammu.
This, the BOPEE had said, was done so as to avoid discontinuity or disturbances in their course of study.