Parent of BOPEE 'beneficiary' arrested

SRINAGAR: The Crime Branch of Police on Tuesday arrested a parent of one of the beneficiaries’ of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) scam involving selling of CET-2012 papers against hefty sums.

Official sources said that the crime branch arrested Farooq Ahmad Shah, parent of one of the alleged beneficiary for his involvement in buying the papers.

A resident of Manghal in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Shah has been lodged in Crime Branch lockup here.

Shah is believed to have purchased the papers against whooping 15 lakh from one of the accused in the multi-million scam.

Shah’s name surfaced during the questioning of the accused in the scam including BOPEE Chairman former Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, Farooq Ahmad Ittoo, Haroon Rashid and Sajad Ahmad.

Mushtaq Peer was arrested on November 23 last month and is presently lodged in central Jail Srinagar after a court sent him to 10-days judicial remand in connection with the sale of CET papers 2012, afterwhen he visited the headquarters of the Crime Branch at Rajbagh 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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