New Delhi: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday attached Rs 60 lakh worth of assets belonging to former chairman of J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer in connection with a question paper scam in the state.
The agency had earlier this year registered a money laundering case against Peer after going through the FIR of the Jammu and Kashmir Police registered in this case.
ED, according to sources, identified Peer’s assets and cash in bank accounts in Delhi and Kashmir and issued attachment orders identifying them as “proceeds of crime” derived from alleged corruption money of the scam.
The property that has been attached includes a plot of five marlas with shed at Lane No. 11 at Sidra Jammu; flat number 4, upper ground floor building number 125 block A at Freedom Fighter Enclave, Neb Sarai near gate number 2 at New Delhi; and flat number 2/2A at Custodian General flat situated at Wazarat Road, Jammu.
The action has been taken under the Criminal Provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The Crime Branch of J&K police had submitted a chargesheet, in the 2012 Common Entrance Test paper leak case, against Peer and 24 others before the Special Judge (Anti Corruption), Kashmir, M L Manhas, at his residence in Jammu.
The 31-page chargesheet has been filed against Peer, the main accused in the scam along with his accomplices including Farooq Ahmad Yatoo, alleged broker Sajad Ahmed Bhat, Haroon and Farooq Ahmad Shah who allegedly purchased the papers from Peer and then sold them to students for a hefty fee.
The chargesheet has named 12 students and 9 parents, of whom Bhat, Haroon and Shah have already been arrested.
An attachment order under PMLA is aimed at depriving an accused from the benefits of the ill-gotten assets.
As per the chargesheet, the Crime Branch had received a letter from the state government on July 7 last year along with enclosures wherein it was alleged that reports were received about irregularities committed by BOPEE authorities while conducting the CET examination on June 23-24, 2012, during which question papers were leaked in return for money.
The Crime Branch, which was directed by the government to probe the matter, conducted a preliminary inquiry into the conduct of CET during 2011, 2012 and 2013.
During the preliminary probe, it was learnt that Farooq Ahmed Itoo, owner of a computer institute and a close associate of then BOPEE chairman had sold the question papers to some candidates of CET-2012.
The chargesheet said the selection list of 2011 and 2012 obtained from BOPEE found that number candidates from a particular area made it to the top of MBBS merit list in 2012.
The probe showed BOPEE officers in league with Itoo and others had abused their official position to leak the questions.—PTI