BOPEE Scam: Mushtaq Peer’s Fate Hangs In Balance, Verdict Tomorrow 

Srinagar—A special judge anti-corruption Srinagar is likely to pronounce on Wednesday its verdict into multi-crore cash-for-paper scam of Common Entrance Test 2012 which was alleged engineered by the former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of India had asked the trail court to conclude trial into the multi-crore cash-for-paper scam expeditiously.

The order by the apex court followed perusal of a letter sent on April 17 by the Special Judge, Anti­Corruption Kashmir, stating that the time period of three months granted by it has lapsed and further extension be granted to conclude the trial. 

The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by the BOPEE against High Court 20 March 2014 directions, directing it to publish a list of 21 meritorious candidates who on the basis of merit may be considered for admission to the MBBS course in place of candidates whose admission have been cancelled following a probe conducted by crime Branch Kashmir.

On previous date of hearing, the Apex Court was informed by the counsel representing BOPEE that more than 100 prosecution witnesses including two crime branch officers have already been examined at the trial so far.

The counsel urged that instead of hearing and disposing of the matter, it would be more appropriate to direct the trial court to conclude the trial expeditiously and to pass appropriate orders on the subject as far as possible within a time frame to be fixed by the Apex Court.

 “Keeping in view the nature of   the controversy especially the fact that the cases before us relate to the purity of the process of  selection of candidates for admission to medical colleges in the State,   we are of the view that instead of passing any interim direction at this stage for re-admission of the (concerned accused) to the course to which they were earlier admitted, we deem it appropriate to direct the trial court to conclude the trial expeditiously and as far as possible within a period of three months,” the high court had said.

The crime branch has filed charge sheet against more than fifty persons in the scam which include students, parents and brokers besides Peer, who was released on bail after remaining behind bars for more than two years.

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