CET Scam: Crime branch quizzes Ex BOPEE chief

‘Govt to decide about the fate of beneficiaries’: IGP Crime

SRINAGAR: The Crime Branch on Wednesday quizzed Mushtaq Ahmad Peer former chairman, Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) in connection with paper leakage case for Common Entrance Test (CET)-2012.

According to Javaid Mujtaba Gillani the IGP Crime, Peer was questioned by the sleuths of Crime Branch whole day today. “We have not detained him. He was questioned today and it will continue tomorrow.”

Mr Peer surrendered before the Crime Branch on Wednesday morning. “We have not formally arrested him but the fact is that he surrendered before the Crime Branch. Soon after, we started questioning him and hopefully we will unearth everything that has occurred during his tenure,” IGP said.

“I assure you that no one will be spared. The investigation is going in the right direction. We have started to nail down all those involved in the multi-million rupee scam,” he said.

Replying to a question, IGP said that the Crime Branch has identified almost all the beneficiaries and, “it is the Government which has to decide about their fate.”

When asked, how many persons have been sofar arrested by the Crime Branch in this connection, Gillai said: “We have arrested only one person Sajad Ahmad Bhat. He is from Anantnag and deals with some consultancy with its office in Bangalore. His consultancy deals with admissions.”   

It may be recalled that the Crime Branch has registered a case against Peer and senior CB officials are supervising the investigations under (FIR NO. 24/2013).

The Crime branch carried out raids at peer’s residences in Srinagar and Jammu and seized some ‘incriminating documents and cash.”

Earlier Peer had termed the raids at his residences in Jammu and Srinagar as ‘unethical’. “I have held a responsible position and am the member of over four national level committees. If there was some allegation, which I am sure is baseless, it was imperative for the crime branch to have my response first before carrying out such raids,” peer had told KNS on Tuesday.

IGP Crime on his part had said: “We conducted raids at the residence of Peer Mushtaq in Srinagar and Jammu where we found some incriminating documents. We have seized those documents besides the property papers. The documents will be scrutinized and further action will be taken accordingly.”

When asked about the documents and other material seized by the Crime Branch, Peer told KNS: “During the raids, the Crime Brach has seized certain files, a laptop, pen drives and cash (1,35000) from my residence. The laptop and pen drives contain some confidential details as I am the member of five national level examination committees. Perhaps they have seized my passport also.”

Asked will he cooperate with Crime Branch in its investigations into the matter, Peer had said: “Why not. There is no question of noncooperation. When I have mot committed anything wrong, why I should shy away from investigations. I am ready for a thorough probe,” peer said.

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