CET scam: candidate’s ailing father gets bail

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has granted bail to the father of a candidate in the infamous cash-for-paper scam allegedly engineered by former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations Mushtaq Ahmad Peer in 2012.
“Position of the petitioner (father of the candidate) is exceptional. He is suffering from a disease which in itself has an unbearable impact on (his) life and psyche when admittedly he has received eight cycles of chemotherapy and requires continuous follow up which can be done even by keeping him in custody,” reads an order by Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir.
But keeping in view the disease and the treatment, the court said, he requires something more than medical facilities, which can be “possible in home atmosphere where the requirement of the family around is advantageous and unavoidable.”
“The criminal trial in case of success will provide for conviction and sentence but in case the accused loses life there can be no conviction or sentence to such accused,” the bench said, allowing his bail application.
The petitioner shall be granted bail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20,000 to the satisfaction of Registrar judicial and personal bond of the same amount to the satisfaction of the superintendent of police Central Jail Srinagar, the order said.
According to the Crime Branch, which is investigating the scam, one of the brokers had provided papers to the petitioner’s daughter on “compassionate grounds” after learning about his disease.