Crime Branch inquiry confirms copying
SRINAGAR: Crime Branch Kashmir has concluded during its preliminary inquiry into the allegation that the then Minister for Education, Peerzada Muhammad Syed, abused his position as Minister to get his step son passed in the matriculation examination.
As per the inquiry report (conducted vide number PV-13/2012), the candidate, Inam Souban Bhat son of Parvez Ahmed Bhat (registration number 08NKM802929) appeared in the Secondary School Examination, session Annual ,Regular 2009 under roll number 228211 at Al-Ameen Higher Secondary School, Humhama. The Crime Branch report states that Mr Tariq Geelani was superintendent and Mr Imtiyaz Asghar Bijal was the deputy superintendent of the examination centre. The candidate was the student of a nearby Vision Public School Humhama. The crime took place during the tenure of Meraj-u-Din Zargar, Deputy Director (Academics) of J&K State Board of School Education.
Crime Branch Kashmir had seized all the documents pertaining to the said matter from State Board of School Education. On perusal, the answer sheets were found written in two different handwritings indicating that the wrong answers of the candidates have been corrected by somebody. The answer sheets of the candidate were sent by Crime Branch Kashmir to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) Srinagar to ascertain as to who has corrected these wrong answers. The FSL provided a report wherein it is stated that the handwriting on the Geography and Mathematics papers was that of Deputy Superintendent Imtiyaz Asghar and handwriting on Urdu paper was of Deputy Director (Academics) Meraj-u-Din Zargar.
CNS quoting a Crime Branch official reported that since the revelations made by FSL Srinagar in its report were embarrassing for the Minister and the government as a whole, Crime Branch prepared a detailed report and sent it directly to Chief Minister.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police Crime Branch, Syed Aashiq Bukhari an FIR vide number 1/2014 under sections 419,420,467,468,120B RPC 5/2 corruption act has been registered against the accused.
A Crime Branch official said that law will take its own course as nobody is above law. In coming days, certain BOSE officials will be summoned and action would be initiated against them under rules, he said.
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