CET Scam: CB identifies 2 more beneficiaries, another broker on radar

Srinagar: The Crime Branch of Police, which is investigating ‘mega scandal’ of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE), has identified two more beneficiaries of the CET-2012 scam and has recommended cancellation of their MBBS admission.
Besides, it has arrested two more persons and has narrowed down on one more ‘broker’ involved in the multi-crore cash-for-paper scam allegedly engineered by the former chairman of BOPEE Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
This was disclosed by the Crime Branch in its fresh status report filed before the High Court.
“With the availability of call detail record (CDR) and other evidence, two more candidates Hina Saleem and Omar Manzoor Sheikh were found to have benefitted by fraudulent means of acquiring the question papers well in advance (before the conduct of CET 2012) and getting selected,” Mohammad Aftab Mir, Additional SP Crime Branch, who heads the investigation, said in the status report.
As a sequel to further investigation, he said, two more persons—Mohammad Saleem Mir and Naresh Pandita—were arrested on March 25 and are in judicial custody on remand.
“The supplementary chargesheet against these four candidates and other accused is being filed shortly for judicial determination,” Mir said.
With this, he said, the total number of beneficiary candidates, who have been recommended to BOPEE for appropriate action, has gone up to 25 and the number of accused persons arrested to 22.
Among those behind the bars include Mushtaq Peer and three brokers—Sajjad Ahmad, Haroon Rashid and Farooq Ahmad Itoo.
“The investigation agency with availability of a few more CDRs and other circumstantial evidence has been able to lay hands on one more person involved in the sale of question papers and it is being further probed and once the evidence is collected, same would be shared with the court,” Mir said.
Regarding the arrest of parents and other candidates who are evading arrest, Mir said that the Special Anti-Corruption Court has ordered attachment of immovable property of seven of the 14 absconders.
Furthermore, he said, property details of one more person—Altaf Hussain Shah of Kishtwar has been received from Revenue authorities and the trial court has been requested to initiate process under section 88 CrPC (attachment of property) against him as well.
The remaining accused, he said, are beneficiary candidates against whom proceedings could not be imitated for lack of property registered in their names as per Revenue record.
“However efforts are on to trace out and arrest them which could be reinforced now as the bulk of the (CBK) staff was busy with parliamentary election duties which is now over and accordingly additional manpower has been pressed into service to locate these absconding accused persons.”
The status report also revealed the CBK has received administrative action against two accused non-gazetted officials from respective supervisory officers while the same is awaited in respect of three gazetted officers and one non-gazatted officials.
“It has been taken up with their respective administrative departments,” Mir added.
Meanwhile, he said the probe into CET of 2009, 2010 and 2011 has been started and that a considerable chunk of documents has been obtained and perused already.