Srinagar: Fourteen accused evading arrest for their alleged involvement in multi-crore cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test-2012, have been declared as proclaimed offenders by the Special Anti-Corruption Court Judge Kashmir.
“A written proclamation is issued/published requiring the absconding accused persons to appear before this court on or before April 24,” the judge Mohan Lal Manhas ordered, allowing an application moved by Crime Branch of the police which is investigating the scam allegedly engineered by former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
The court also ordered that a copy of the proclamation shall be affixed conspicuously in the area in which the absconders reside.
“A copy be affixed on the residential house of the absconding accused persons while another copy be affixed on the court premises at District Court Complex Srinagar,” the court said, adding that the proclamation should be published in local newspapers.
The court issued the proclamation after taking evidence on record in terms of the statements of executing agency on oath, observing that there was a reason to believe that the 14 accused have absconded or are concealing themselves.
The court had issued general warrants of arrest under Section 512 CrPC, but the Crime Branch could not execute the warrants, stating that the accused had gone into hiding to evade the arrest.
The Crime Branch had moved the application for issuance of the proclamation and attachment of properties regarding the 14 absconders, two of whom are girls.
The application by the Crime Branch followed observations by a division bench of the High Court asking the former to take coercive action including declaring the absconders as proclaimed offenders and attaching their property under relevant sections of law.
The accused against whom the proclamation has been issued include Mohammad Amin Ganie, son of Mohammad Ramzan of Chee Anantnag; Mir Wajid Majeed and his daughter Mir Danish Majeed, of Wandevalgam Kokernag; Abdul Majeed Mir, son of Sanaullah Mir, of Wandevalgam Kokernag; Fida Hussain Lone, son of Mohammad Yousuf Lone, of Kenellwan Bijbehara; Ruhail Ahmad Mir and his father Mohammad Amin Mir, of Gulberg Colony Hyderpora; Hilal Ahmad Shokli, son of Mohammad Abdullah of Mattan Chowk Anantnag; Imtiyaz-ul-Hussain Shah and his father Altaf Hussain, of Loharna Dacchan Kishtwar; Arooj Mushtaq and her father Mushtaq Ahmad Kenue of KP Road Anantnag; and Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, son of Sanaullah Dar, of Sandoo Achal.
So far the Crime Branch has only arrested one person—Jan Mohammad Dar— among the 15 fresh accused named in the supplementary chargesheet filed by it.
In total, the Crime Branch has arrested 21 persons including the former chairman of BOPEE Mushtaq Peer and two alleged brokers—Sajjad Ahmad, Haroon Rashid and Farooq Ahmad Itoo.