CET scam: Court orders compensation to 50 students

Srinagar, May 4 (UNI) An anti-corruption court has ordered compensation of Rs 50,000 each to 50 students, who were denied admission in professional colleges due to the Common Entrance Test (CET) scam in Jammu and Kashmir in 2012.

A Special Judge (Anti-corruption) Yash Paul Bourney in his 382-page judgement in the CET scam case of 2012 delivered last week awarded compensation to 50 students.

The then Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, who is the kingpin of the scam was sentenced to 16 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Meanwhile, 49 others were also convicted for offences under various acts.
Peer was directed to pay a fine of Rs 1-crore while the other accused were also slapped with varying amounts of fine.

“Out of the fine amount so realised, each of the candidates whose score was more than 90 per cent in the academic side in the qualifying examination and had appeared in the CET 2012 and was within the next 50 candidates in the order of merit from the cutoff point, shall be paid Rs 50,000 each as token compensation,” the court ordered.

Talking on the beneficiary students of the scam and their parents, the court said these parents in their eagerness to see their wards in coveted course have used their money power for grabbing illegally berths which otherwise would have gone to meritorious students whosoever deserved the most.

However, the court said as of now they have not only failed in their nefarious mission and lost the money which they paid but also have lost the berths illegally grabbed by their wards, while sentencing the parents to rigorous imprisonment of three years and fine of Rs five-lakh each.

Some of these parents had paid amounts ranging between Rs 15-lakh and Rs 23-lakh to get the papers from Peer, through brokers, for securing admissions in MBBS course.

“Most of them (students) have fallen prey to the sinister designs of their over-ambitious parents/guardians who, instead of leading to the righteous path during their impressionable years of life, have pushed them to the situation wherein they have landed today,” he said.

But, the court said these students have also not spared a thought for their meritorious brethren who deserved these berths on account of their superior merit. “In the process, they have not only been turned out but have also lost precious years of their careers besides being stigmatized forever,” the court observed.