MBBS Seat Selling Case: SIA files chargesheet against 8 accused persons


Jammu: Newly created State Investigating Agency (SIA) has produced a charge sheet before against eight accused persons including a Hurriyat leader in MBBS seat selling racket before a special judge designated court.

According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the charge sheet U/S 173 CrPc in Case FIR No. 05/2020 U/S 13, 17, 18, 40, ULP Act, 420 IPC of PS CIK Srinagar was produced before the lSpecial Judge Designated Court under NIA Act Srinagar against Mohammad Akbar Bhat @Zaffar Akbar Bhat (Chairman Salvation Movement), Fatima Shah, Altaf Ahmad Bhat, Qazi Yasir, Mohammad Abdullah Shah, Sabzar Ahmad Sheikh, Manzoor Ahmad Shah and Mohd Iqbal Mir.

The statement reads that Police Station Counter Intelligence Kashmir, on receipt of information through reliable sources that several unscrupulous persons including some Hurriyat leaders were hand in glove with some educational consultancies and are selling Pakistan-based MBBS seats and seats in other professional courses in various colleges and universities, had registered a case in July 2020.

It reads that the information, on the basis of which, criminal investigations were started into the matter also suggested that the money collected from the parents of the aspiring or potential students was used, at least partly, to support and fund terrorism and separatism in different ways.

“During investigation oral, documentary and technical evidences were collected and on analysis of collected evidences it surfaced that MBBS and other professional degree related seats were preferentially given to those students who are close family members or relatives of killed terrorists,” it reads.

The statement reads that evidence also came on record to show that money had been variously put into channels that ended up in supporting programmes and projects pertaining to terrorism and separatism.

“For example, money collected in disguise of providing medical and other technical courses in various institutions of Pakistan were used to fuel up unrest post killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 and every effort was made to disturb the peace and tranquillity post abrogation of article 35A and 370 of Indian Constitution,” it reads.

It also reads that on the basis of available evidence, a conservative estimate indicated that the money involved could be around Rs. 04 crore per annum, on the basis of the fact that allocation of seats for distribution by individual Hurriyat leaders where around 40 seats for MBBS programme every year.

“The historical bonhomie between Hurriyat leaders and their masters in Pakistan has been again exposed through the investigations and has exposed their nefarious designs,” it reads.

The statement reads that five persons including Mohammad Akbar Bhat, Fatima Shah, Mohammad Abdullah Shah, Sabzar Ahmad Sheikh and Mohd Iqbal Mir have been arrested and were produced before the Court.

It reads that all of them have been shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, while as accused persons Altaf Ahmad Bhat, Qazi Yasir and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat are absconding and are evading their arrest.

The statement reads that chalan was produced against them in terms of section 299 Cr.P.C to declare them absconders while as the investigation with regard to the other aspects of the investigation and suspects (Co Conspirators) is in progress and the facts will be presented the Court through a supplementary charge sheet. (KNS)