J&K Education Minister Peerzada Sayeed allows proxy to write for son -caught and resigns

Senior Congress Minister of J&K Assembly Involved in Educational Fraud

    

Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Sayeed, a senior leader of the Congress party is under fire for an alleged involvement in helping his son pass the class 10 exam. A raid conducted by the Crime Branch at the State Board of School Education has unearthed documents exposing the role of board officials in the fraud. State Vigilance Department and Crime Branch are interrogating all officials involved.

“We are ready for a fresh probe. Whoever wants to do it we will fully cooperated,” said PRO of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, Showkat Usman. Senior Congress leaders of the state are, however, tight-lipped over the issue. Peerzada Sayeed is known to have proximity with the party high command. But State Congress President, Prof Saifuddin Soz, has referred to the charges as “mere allegation.” “If proved law will take its own course,” he said.

A Srinagar based newspaper revealed the matter, showing the reproduction of an answer sheet, done in 2 different handwritings. The allegations are that one of the handwritings belongs to an official who helped the minister’s son clear the secondary school exam in 2009. Various testimonies provided by members of the investigation team, intervention by Chief Minister’s secretariat and Raj Bhavan, all lead to the fact that it was an open secret. However, the matter was hushed up as the board officials were under severe pressure from the Ministry of Education.

The vigilance squad looking into of the Board of School Education has made a clear mention of an academic officer finding an examinee, copying, while inspection was in progress at centre number 228 of Al Ameen School. The examinee had the roll number 228211 and was the Minister’s son.

However, a vehement Peerzada said, “There is no question that I will resign over the issue. My enemies want me to resign. They wanted me to resign in 2008 also, but people are with me. Till people are with me, I will never resign. Some NGO had sent a complaint to the Governor who forwarded it to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. They in turn forwarded it to the General Administration Department and after verification, it has been found fabricated, false and incorrect.”

“I am ready for a probe in his 12th exam also,” said the Minister, whose son has appeared for his 12th std exam this year.

The opposition party of J&K assembly has raised a hue and cry over the issue, with leader of opposition Mehbooba Mufti indicting Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of inaction, even though reports state that the Education Minister was summoned by the Chief Minister. “The file submitted to the Chief Minister by the School Education Minister has been sent to the Crime Branch of J&K Police who have been told to complete inquiry within seven working days,” revealed a government spokesman.

Peerzada Sayeed has been in the eye of a storm constantly since 2004. He was indicted by the State Accountability Commission for a deep involvement in a multi-crore rural electrification scam, while he held office as Minister for Rural Development. In 2008, Peerzada was forced to resign from the post of Education Ministerfollowing allegations that he took Rs 40,000 as bribe from Shoaib Lone, Sangrama MLA for clearing his sister’s file. He also had to abdicate the post of Presidentship of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee.

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