CET scam: HC notice on Peer’s bail plea

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday issued a notice to government on a bail application by former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, who is behind bars since November 23.
Peer, as per Crime Branch, engineered the scam involving selling of Common Entrance Test papers before the scheduled Common Entrance Test examination in 2012.
The notice was issued by a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi after hearing Peer’s petition filed by him through advocate Z A Qureshi.
The court also sought objection to a revision petition filed by Peer regarding the rejection of his bail plea by Special Anti-Corruption court here earlier this year.
On February 22 last, the anti-Corruption court had denied relief to 63-year-old Peer, reiterating that he has shattered the confidence of meritorious students and public at large.
“Mushtaq Peer by selling question papers along with the answer keys through brokers incurred huge undue pecuniary benefit to himself to the tune of Rs 60 lakhs. Criminal acts of accused have murdered the merit of meritorious/hardworking and deserving candidates, whereby confidence of meritorious students and public at large has been shattered,” the court had observed.
Earlier on December 17 last year, the court had rejected Peer’s first bail plea with the observation that ‘like Caesar’s wife, he was required to be above suspicion and must have discharged his duties honesty as chief of the BOPEE.’
“Peer was holding office of chairman BOPEE for selecting meritorious MBBS students as ‘office of public trust,’ and was required to exhibit himself to be a person of impeccable integrity, unimpeachable character, honest to the core with the high moral values,” the court had said.
of the youth who have pinned their hopes and every time they face disappointment.
When contacted university officials they said that they will look into the matter with the concerned department about the case.
“I can’t say anything right now because all the officials have left the campus. I will call the concerned department officials and will see into this case myself,” interim Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Ali Mohammad Shah told Kashmir Reader.