BOPEE Scam; 4 father-son duos among 12 send to central jail
Srinagar, Jan 18: A local court here in Srinagar sent six out of twelve beneficiary students to central jail till January 23. The students were identified by the Crime Branch of police who have fraudulently qualified the Common Entrance Test in 2012.
The Special Anti-Corruption Court also sent six out of nine parents allegedly involved in the multi-crore paper selling scam to the jail on judicial remand till Monday.
As soon as first hearing after charge sheet against 12 persons in the scam began before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir, Mohan Lal Manhas, the Crime Branch produced most of the accused including Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, former chairman Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), and broker Sajjad Ahmad Bhat before the court.
Among the accused included the six students and as many parents who simultaneously moved interim applications for the bail through their counsels.
While directing the Crime Branch to file the objections to the bail pleas, the court sent the students and the parents to Central Jail Srinagar till Monday and Thursday next respectively. Among the 12 sent to jail include four father-son duos.
The six students include Ahmad Faraz, son of Mohammad Iqbal of Naibasti Bijbehara; Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din of Samthan Bijbehara; Naveed Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat of Murhama Bijbehara; Khursheed Ahmad Dar, son of Bashir Ahmad Dar of Chinigund Bijbehara; Yasir Yousuf Hajam, son of late Mohammad Yousuf Hajam of Chandan Pajjan Bijbehara; and Yasir Yousuf Dar, son of Mohammad Yousuf Dar of Pazalpora Bijbehara.
Regarding the remaining six students named in the charge sheet, the Crime Branch informed the court that three of them are minors (less than 18 years of age) while the rest will be produced on the next hearing date on January 28. Regarding the minors, the Crime Branch said they will be produced before the competent court in due course of time.
The six students include Sadam Farooq, Bazila Bilal Vaid, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Saiqa, Humaira Shakeel, and Shahida Shafi.
The parents sent to jail include Bilal Ahmad Vaid, son of Ahmad Ullah Vaid of New Colony Bijbehara; Bashir Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Rasool Dar of Chinigund Bijbehara; Mohammad Shafi Bandh, son of Abdul Gani of Awantipora; Mohammad Iqbal Reshi, son of Ghulam Mohammad of Nai Basti Anantnag; Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Lone, son of Abdul Rehman of Semthan Bijbehara; and Mohammad Yousuf Dar, son of Mum Dar of Panzalpora Bijbehara.
Farooq Ahmad Shah, one of the nine parents named in chargesheet already stands arrested in the case. Shah, who was arrested in December last, is the father of Sadam Farooq.
Meanwhile, Mushtaq Ahmad Peer and another accused Sajjad Ahmad Bhat moved fresh applications for bail.
After hearing advocate Moulvi Aijaz for Peer and Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, counsel representing Sajjad, the court directed Crime Branch to file objections on January 21.
Arguing in support of the bail, advocate Aijaz claimed preponderance on part of media in the case. He had annexured 35 press cuttings to sustain his claim. Aijaz also sought bail on medical ground. Peer’s counsel also announced to file an application before the High court bench hearing a PIL in this regard for CBI inquiry in the entire case.
The accused have been charge sheeted in case FIR 24/2013 under sections 420, 120B RPC, 5(2)d r/w (5(2) PC Act of Police Station Crime Branch.
Earlier soon after trial in the case began, Chief Prosecuting Officer of Crime Branch, Khalid Muzaffar, formally handed over the copy of the charge-sheet to all the accused present in the court.