SRINAGAR: A doctor has been ordered to be put on trial by a special anti-corruption court here for helping his nephew get entrance papers beforehand in the professional examination conducted by J&K BOPEE in 2012.
The BUMS doctor, Dr Nissar Ahmad Hajam, is a medical officer at Public Health Centre Panamic Nobra and he was cited as prosecution witness by the crime branch of police which unearthed the multi-million scam in 2013.
However, Hajam resiled from his statement to the crime branch and the investigating agency moved court with application to array him as accused in the case.
In the application, the crime branch urged the court to treat its act of not arraying Hajam along with accused as an error of judgment on its part.
“(Hajam) has very intelligently resiled for his earlier statement to the investigating agency being fully conscious that it would expose his complicity in the crime. That he was privy to the conspiracy (leading to leakage of the question paper) is clearly borne out from the evidence on record,” the crime branch said and urged the court to rectify the error “so as to meet the ends of justice.”
After hearing the special public prosecutor Khalid Muzaffar for crime branch, and perusing the application, court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Srinagar ordered Hajam be arrayed as accused along with other co-conspirators in the scam including the former chairman of BOPEE, Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
“In the light of the stated legal and factual back ground, I am of the considered view that there is sufficient evidence on record to show prima facie that (Hajam) was privy to the conspiracy leading to the leakage of question papers and answer keys of JKCET 2012,” the judge, Yash Paul Bourney, said while ordering his arraying as the accused.
As per the statement of the broker-turned-approver in the case, Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Hajam paid him Rs 2 lakhs for making available the copies of question papers and answer key for his nephew Yasir Yousuf Hajam, who is already figuring as accused in the charge-sheet filed by the crime branch before the court last year.
Itoo in his statement before the court has stated that Hajam called on him to reach Hotel Dal Jeel near Boulvard here. Then Itoo furnished a set of question papers and answer key to Hajam with his nephew besides him.
Itoo said that room in the Hotel ‘Dal Jeel’, where question papers were handed to him, was reserved by Hajam and his statement has been corroborated by the prosecution witness, Ashaq Hussain Teeli, an employee of the Hotel ‘Dal Jeel’.
“Therefore, there was no justification for not arraying him as accused along-with the other co-conspirators,” the court said and issued a bailable warrant against Hajam for securing his presence along-with the other accused on the next date hearing in the case.
The crime branch has filed charge sheet against sixty persons in the scam and include 29 students, 24 parents and 6 brokers besides Peer, who continues to be behind bars since his arrest in November 2013.