Crime Branch books Mushtaq Peer for transferring Govt money to his personal account

Srinagar: Crime Branch Kashmir has registered another case against former tainted Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) Chairman Mushtaq Peer for transferring huge amount of money from BOPEE bank account to his personal account, an official said on Thursday.

Mushtaq Peer, a resident of Bismillah Colony Naseemabad Sadarbal Srinagar was in news in November 2013 when he was arrested for allegedly selling Common Entrance Test (CET) papers for Rs 65 lakhs to two brokers, Sajid Hussain and Farooq Ahmed, who in turn fetched Rs 5 crores from parents of several students. There were reports that parents of some students sold their land to arrange the money.

Interestingly, Mushtaq Peer was given extension by the then Omar Abdullah led government after his retirement and later also was re-employed as an ‘Expert’ in Services Selection Board.

A Crime Branch official on Thursday said that they have registered a case vide FIR number 42/2017 under section 5 (2) of Prevention of corruption Act Svt.2006 and 409 RPC against Mushtaq Peer.

“The FIR reveals that an amount of RS. 2.73 crores was transferred from the official account of BOPEE to his personal account vide number SB-6179 maintained in Jammu Kashmir Bank Hazratbal Srinagar.”

A preliminary enquiry was initiated in Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir. During the course of enquiry, it was revealed that while being posted as Chairman BOPEE from the year 2009 to 2012, Government money was transferred from the official account of BOPEE to the personal account of the accused Mushtaq Peer with the object that the same will be utilized for various official activities. The accused with a criminal intent put the s aid Government money to his own use by investing in smart saver accounts, raising cash certificates and clearing his debt.

Moreover, the accused also earned an interest on the said Government money to which he was not entitled to. The accused therefore by abusing his position as a public servant has dishonestly transferred the Government money to his personal account for his own use, thereby causing diversion and wrongful pecuniary gain to himself.

The acts of the accused prima facie discloses the commission of offences punishable U/S 5 (2) of Prevention of corruption Act Svt.2006 and 409 RPC. (CNS)

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