CET 2009-2011: Crime Branch files closure report in court
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday accepted closure report of Crime Branch with regard to probe into Common Entrance Test (CET) 2009, 2010 and 2011 conducted by the BOPEE.
It, however, directed Special Judge Anti-Corruption Kashmir to complete trial of CET- 2012 paper selling scam in six months after hearing the case on day-to-day basis.
"On perusal of status report filed, we are satisfied with the investigation conducted based on which closure report was filed in respect of CET examination conducted for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011," a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi said in its judgment while disposing of a related Public Interest Litigation.
In 2013 while taking suo moto cognizance of Greater Kashmir reports on CET conducted by the BOPEE, the High Court treated the reports as Public Interest Litigation and initiated proceedings against the government.
Subsequently, the court directed Crime Branch of police to probe CET 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
After the CB probe into CET-2012, 51 accused including former BOPEE Chairman Peer Mushtaq, approver Farooq Itoo, brokers Sajad Ahmad Bhat, Muhammad Amin Ganaie and Haroon Rashid Lone were charge-sheeted in the court of Special Judge Anti Corruption Kashmir. However, against 9 minors, chargesheet was filed in court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar. The trial court has examined six out of 78 witnesses so far.
In its latest status report, the Crime Branch, however, stated that the call details of the candidates and their parents in connection with CET 2009, 2010 and 2011 were sought, saying BSNL did not provide it as the cellular company said it had no details available beyond one year.
"As in the case of 2009 and 2011, the service providers could not give call details. The bank accounts of BOPEE Chairman and the parents of short listed candidates and brokers of 2012 were obtained. The phone calls and bank transaction between the parents and the associated persons could not be linked with the sale and purchase of the question papers," the CB submitted.
The probe agency told the court that in 2009 and 2011 setting up of papers to conduct the examination was not under the control of single person as was in the case of CET-2012.
"The printing press where the CET question papers were printed for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 was also visited by the team of officers to verify the precautionary measures which had been taken to maintain secrecy. During the spot inspection it was found that the Chairman and the Controller of Examination visited the press in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for printing of the question papers," the CB pleaded.
It stated that two anonymous complaints were received against one candidate for CET-2010 and the candidate was found to have secured 76% marks in 12th standard and she got selected only in 2nd attempt.
The CB pleaded that in the years 2009 and 2011 was not under the control of single person as in the case of CET 2012."The Controller of Examinations of BOPEE, Dr Gopal Gupta was examined who was involved in the conduct of all the CET examination from 2009 to 2011 and he superannuated in February, 2012 after handing over the charge to one Peer Mushtaq Ahmad, who was the Chairman in the year 2012," he CB submitted.
After receiving notice from this Court, the Crime Branch, Kashmir registered FIR No. 24/2013 and conducted investigation and the Court was monitoring the investigation of CET examinations conducted for the academic years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.