Mushtaq Ahmad Peer grilled for third day

Investigating allegations of large-scale bungling and corrupt practices in MBBS selection, the Crime Branch (CB) on Friday froze the bank accounts of the former Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), Mushtaq Ahmad Peer.

Javaid Mujtaba Gilani, Inspector-General of Police, Crime, told The Hindu: “Yes, we have got two of his accounts with the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd. frozen. “There was a balance of around Rs. 14 lakh in his salary account with the Hazratbal branch. An amount of Rs. 4 lakh was found in his account with the Residency Road Branch here.”

The investigating team, headed by an SP, was simultaneously collecting details of other accounts and lockers in different banks in the names of Mr. Peer and his family members. He was grilled for several hours for the third consecutive day on Friday but was allowed to go home, sources said.

While Mr. Peer could not be reached on the phone, sources close to his family insisted that the savings bank account with the Residency Road branch was in the name of his wife. “We are told that they have frozen his salary account at Hazratbal and the pension account of his wife Tabbasum Ara at the Residency Road branch,” said an informed source.

In the 2012 merit list, 20 out of the top 40 selected candidates were found to have paid a bribe in the range of Rs. 10-20 lakh each, before the question papers of the Combined Entrance Test were revealed to them a day before the examination.