BOSE breaks silence on copying scam | ‘No directions from Govt yet’

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Srinagar: Breaking its silence over the copying scam, Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School of Education (BOSE) Friday expressed ignorance over the Crime Branch report indicting the son of former Education Minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed for resorting to unfair means to pass his 10th class examination two years ago.
“I don’t know that Crime Branch of Police has confirmed that he (Peerzada’s foster son) resorted to copying. And till date, no direction or report regarding this case has come to us for follow-up action,” Chairman BOSE Sheikh Bashir Ahmad told Greater Kashmir in reply to a query about the legal validity of academic qualifications of Peerzada’s son, Imam Souban.
Following the confirmation of copying, as per BOSE rules, the academic qualifications of Peerzada’s son should be declared cancelled.
The revelation by BOSE corroborates that government is sitting over the report which was submitted by then Crime Branch chief Raja Aijaz Ali more than a month ago to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
The BOSE chairman further said they will act in letter and spirit once they get directions from the government in the case. “Whatsoever action is required, we will take it in line with Jammu & Kashmir Prevention of Unfair Means Act 1987,” he said.
Following the expose by this newspaper on January 30, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ordered an inquiry by Crime Branch in the matter.
The inquiry report confirmed copying by Peerzada’s son, saying that there were clearly two hand writings, confirmed by forensic experts, on three answer sheets of the Class 10 exam taken by the Minister’s son.
The inquiry has reportedly pointed fingers on BOSE and Education department officials for assisting Peerzada’s son to pass his examination.

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