Monday, November 25, 2013

MBBS scam in Jammu and Kashmir, ex-exam board chief surrenders

A massive MBBS exam scam has been unearthed in Jammu and Kashmir with police tightening the noose around a top official for allegedly leaking the test papers in 2012.

"Two close associates of Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, the then chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Exams (JKBOPEE), allegedly sold the test papers to over a dozen candidates," a Crime Branch official said.

The official said that accepting huge sums of money from the parents of the candidates, JKBOPEE officials set up a special exam centre for them in a hotel on Boulevard Road in Srinagar.

The former JKBOPEE chairman surrendered before the Crime Branch on Wednesday.

"He was avoiding arrest for some days but this morning, he surrendered," said the official.

Police had been raiding his houses in Srinagar and Jammu for the past few days. Peer's conduct was under their scanner for a long time.

However, it was only after one of his two close associates started spilling the beans that the Crime Branch began the raids.

Sources in the probe team said Peer allegedly sold Common Entrance Test (CET) papers for lakhs of rupees to two brokers -- Sajid Hussain and Farooq Ahmed -- who in turn took crores of rupees from parents of many students.

Bank accounts and records of peer's properties and his associates are being examined.

A case has been registered following complaints about the selections process in BOPEE in 2012.

Interestingly, Peer was given an extension after his retirement and reemployed as an expert in the Services Selection Board.

The state government did this despite voices coming out against his conduct during his tenure as BOPEE chairman.
Shuja-ul-Haq   |   Headlines Today  |   Srinagar, November 20, 2013 | UPDATED 16:57 IST

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