Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday suspended the jail sentence of two female candidates convicted for the BOPEE 2012 entrance scam, till the next date of hearing.
The court suspended the sentence on the condition that the accused students will be released from custody after furnishing bail bond and surety bond before the jail authorities.
The Special Anti-Corruption Court in Srinagar had convicted several candidates, parents, then chairman of the Board, Mushtaq Peer, and a broker for the scam in which CET entrance papers were sold to candidates before the exam. Two of the convicted candidates, Dr Sabeena and Mansha, challenged the verdict of the trial court dated April 25, 2018, in the High Court. They sought suspension of their sentence till the matter is finally decided by the High Court.
The Special Anti-Corruption Court had sentenced former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Peer to 16 years’ rigorous imprisonment along with Rs 1 crore fine. A broker, Sajad Ahmad, was awarded a 5-year jail term and Rs 50 lakh fine. The court had convicted 43 others for the scam and acquitted 7 persons.
Justice MK Hanjura today suspended the sentence of the two female candidates till the next date of hearing in the case. He directed the jail authorities to release the two women from custody after securing from them a bail bond and surety bond of Rs 50,000 each.
“Meanwhile, taking an overall view of the Miscellaneous Petition (MP No.01/2018) buttressed with the fact that the matter raises debatable question of law and requires to be examined threadbare before arriving at a reasonable conclusion as also the law laid down whereby the accused/ applicants herein, namely, Dr Sabeena and Mansha, have been convicted and sentenced, is suspended till the next date of hearing. The said applicants shall be released from custody in case they furnish a bail bond to the tune of Rs 50,000/- with a surety of like amount to the satisfaction of the In-charge Jail where they are presently lodged.” Justice Hanjura said.