Srinagar: The J&K High Court has expressed its “displeasure” over the method adopted by Crime Branch of Police in arresting the absconders in the multi-crore cash-for-paper scam allegedly engineered by former incarcerated chairman of BOPEE Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi made the observation after perusal of a status report filed by the Crime Branch, revealing that ten out of seventeen absconders have been arrested.
“The number of persons arrested has risen to 10 out of 17 absconding as reflected in the last order on July 1. We record our displeasure with regard to the method adopted towards the arrest which has hampered the trial and investigation of FIR,” the court said.
Advocate General M I Qardi, representing the Crime Branch stated that arrest of the absconders—five students and two of parents— shall be affected at the earliest, within a week’s time.
The court also directed the Crime Branch to file status report about the investigation pertaining to Common Entrance Test of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Regarding the employees involved in the scam, Advocate General said, show cause notices have been issued to them. “Action taken report be filed on next date of hearing,” the court said.
The court also directed Special Judge Anti Corruption Kashmir to file fresh progress report about the trial of the case. Earlier, the judge filed report from Jan 8 to July 2 in a sealed cover.
So far, Crime Branch has indicted 29 students who were found to have benefitted by acquiring the CET-2012 question papers in advance. Out of them, admission of 25 candidates has already cancelled by the BOPEE.
As per the Crime Branch, three charge-sheets have been presented before the Anti-Corruption Court here against 43 accused (majors) while as many charge sheets were presented against eight minors before CJM Srinagar, making total number of accused as 51.
Out of these 51, there are six brokers, 20 are parents, 25 candidates. Among the 43 majors who stand charge-sheeted, 28 are behind bars and 15 of them are evading arrest; they include one broker, three parents and 11 students, four among them females.