Court defers verdict on CET scam again

Court defers verdict on CET scam again
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Srinagar: A trial court in Srinagar on Saturday against deferred the judgment in the 2012 CET scam involving the former chairman of the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.
The court fixed 27 February as the new date for judgement.
The anti-corruption court Srinagar has deferred the announcement 15 times since November 2017.
The court has recorded the statements of witnesses and the parties have concluded the arguments but still judgement has not been announced despite Supreme Court direction to conclude the case within three months.
Alone in this month, the judgment was deferred five times on February 3rd, 8th, 12th, 21st and 24.
Few of the accused including Peer were present in the court today.
Peer was arrested on 23 November 2014 by the crime branch after investigations concluded that he had sold the CET-2012 papers along with answer keys for Rs 60 lakh.
Peer and over 50 others, accused in the case, were charge-sheeted in FIR 24/2013 Under Section 420, 120B RPC, 5(2)d r/w (5(2) PC Act) Police Station Crime Branch. Among the accused included beneficiary students and parents besides brokers.
In 2017, the Supreme Court had asked the trial court to conclude the trial into the multi-crore cash-for-paper scam expeditiously.
The order by the apex court followed perusal of a letter by it, which was sent on 17 April 2017 by the special judge, anti-corruption Kashmir, stating that the time period of three months granted by it had lapsed and further extension be granted to conclude the trial.
The apex court had granted further time which has already expired.
The government had insisted that Peer was sole custodian and trustee of the question papers for CET-2012.
It had said that “he was found to have abused his official position by making sale of question papers along with answer keys prior to conduct of examination and conferred undue benefit upon the beneficiaries, resulting in selection of undeserving candidates for MBBS.”
The High Court granted bail to Peer on 24 May 2016.