MBBS Scam: Former BOPEE chief’s bail plea opposed by government
Srinagar, August 18: Prime accused in tme MBBS paper scam Mushtaq Ahmad Peer’s Bail plea has been opposed by Jammu and Kashmir government.
This former head of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) was involved in the sale of CET-2012 question papers through his aides Farooq Itoo, Sajjad Ahmad and Haroon in lieu of Rs 60 lakh.
He was arrested by the crime branch sleuths on November 23, 2013, is currently under judicial custody. His bail plea has been pending before the High Court since last year.After concluding the arguments, a division bench of the High Court today reserved the bail plea of Peer for final orders.
In the charge-sheet filed before Special Judge Anti-corruption (Kashmir) Mohan Lal Manhas on January 12, 2014, the crime branch, Kashmir, had named 25 persons as accused, including former head of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, Sajjad and 12 students who had got admission to the MBBS course by fraudulent means in 2012. The crime branch had also named nine parents in the charge-sheet.
The charge against the main accused and former BOPEE chairman is that he had sold CET papers through his aide Farooq Ahmad Itoo and in turn received around Rs 60 lakh.
The High Court is hearing a PIL on the MBBS scam besides monitoring the investigation into the case.
While opposing Peer’s bail plea, which was listed on Tuesday before a division bench headed by the Chief Justice, senior government counsel Basher Ahmad Dar submitted that the accused had played with the career of scores of MBBS aspirants in his capacity as the chairman of BOPEE in 2012 by selling the CET paper in exchange for money.
He further submitted that the government had reposed trust in Peer by appointing him the BOPEE chairman, but he betrayed it.
While opposing the bail plea, Dar submitted that if Mushtaq Peer granted bail he can influence the prosecution evidence as he was very powerful and influential.
The accused Mushtaq Peer in his bail plea was represented by advocate Zaffar Qureshi, who strongly pitched for his release on bail. Senior Advocate and amicus curie Bashir Ahmad Bashir also opposed the bail to Peer.
After hearing all the sides and concluding the arguments, the bench reserved the bail plea of peer for final orders.