Purchase of papers by parents disheartening: HC

Srinagar: Observing that it is “disheartening” on part of parents to purchase papers beforehand to secure admission of wards to MBBS course, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has dismissed anticipatory bail application of two forest officers alleged involved in the multi-crore cash-for-paper scam of CET-2012.
“It is quite disheartening to notice that allegedly fathers of the students have stooped low so as to purchase papers and ensure position of their sons in the merit list of the students for admission to MBBS course,” the division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Hasnain Massodi said while dismissing anticipatory bail pleas by Muhammad Amin Mir and Altaf Hussain Shah, both forest officers.
“It is true that the personal liberty guaranteed under article 21 of the constitution of India is of great importance. Incarceration is permissible only after accused is convicted and sentenced but grant of bail to safeguard personal liberty is controlled by reasonable exception,” the bench said, observing that the duo has not cooperated with the investigating agency.
When the petitioners, court said, allegedly have continued to be absconders ever since investigation has been initiated, how they can be expected to help the trial as they have allegedly purchased the question papers.
The court said the allegations set out in the supplementary chargesheet against them would reveal that they purchased the question papers of CET-2012 illegally to get their sons admitted in MBBS and dislodge the candidates of genuine merit.
“The commission of the offence is serious, heinous and exposure of the fraud has rattled the confidence not only of the aspiring candidates in the function of the Board but also of the general public who have espoused trust in such institutions,” the court said.