CB Seizes Gold Deposit Of Pir

SRINAGAR: Police Crime Branch on Thursday seized a bank locker of the former Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Pir, who is accused of having sold last year’s CET papers to students against hefty sums.

Official sources said that the sleuths of Crime Branch carried out the raid at HDFC bank, Residency Road here today afternoon and seized the jewellery worth rupees 25 lakhs from the locker of Pir.

The recovery, sources said, was made after the CB received specific inputs about it.

Meanwhile the parents of two students, who are suspected to have bought entrance papers, were questioned at the Crime Branch office, Rajbagh. They hail from Anantnag district,” sources said.

Also today a court of Sub-Judicial Magistrate remanded one of the accused arrested, Sajad Ahmad Bhat of Kulgam to 15 days judicial remand.

Pir was arrested Saturday last in connection with selling of CET paper 2012, after he visited the headquarters of the Crime Branch here. He has been booked under sections 420 (cheating) 120B (criminal conspiracy) and section 5(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, in an FIR (24/2013) registered by the Crime Branch.

The scam surfaced in June this year when an anonymous complainant had accused Peer and his accomplices of selling papers to at least a dozen aspirants against hefty sums. Acting swiftly, Special Secretary to Government General Administration Department on July 26 last ordered an enquiry by the Crime Branch. gns

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