Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed Crime Branch of police to file latest status report about its investigation into the conducted of Common Entrance Test by Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) in 2010.
Hearing a suo-moto Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also asked Investigation officer of the Crime Branch to spell out reasons for closing the probe into the conduct of CET in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
On last date of hearing in March this year, the crime branch had sought two months time from the court to complete its investigation regarding CET-2010, citing damage to its record during the last year’s floods.
“Two months time is over now, whether the investigation is over?” the bench asked Additional Advocate General B A Dar, representing the crime branch.
“It’s not over. I will file the latest status report regarding the investigation into the (CET-) 2010 selection,” Dar said and sought time for the same.
Subsequently, the bench adjourned the matter with a direction to the crime branch to file progress report within four weeks regarding the CET-2010 probe as well as detailed out reasons how it reached the conclusion that ‘no irregularity came across in selection made by BOPEE for various professional courses during 2009 and 2011.’
After the registration of case (FIR no. 24/2013), the crime branch investigation was initially restricted to CET selection of 2012.
However, once large scale malpractice surfaced in the selections in different professional courses, the scope of investigation was extended on the directions of the court into CET 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Regarding the CET-2012, the Crime Branch has concluded its investigation and has presented the charge sheet against all accused including the alleged architecture of the multi-million scam, the former chairman of BOPEE, Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
In all sixty persons have been charge sheeted include nine minor among 29 students, 24 parents and 6 brokers besides Peer, who continues to be behind bars since his arrest in November 2013.
Meanwhile, the court issued notice to government on a fresh bail application moved by Mushtaq Ahmad Peer through his counsel advocate Z A Qureshi. It asked the government to file the response within a week’s time.