Pir, associates grilled; ‘confiscation of his property in process’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Enforcement directorate has interrogated Mushtaq Baqaal alias Pir the former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) and his two associates, accused in Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam in 2012 to establish that they received proceeds of the crime, a pre requisite before confiscating the ill gotten property.

Top sources revealed to KNS, that after getting permission from special anti corruption court, the sleuths of enforcement directorate interrogated the three accused, Pir and his two close associates Sajad Ahmad Bhat and Farooq Itoo (Accused turned approver) in the CET-paper leak scam. While Pir and Bhat were interrogated in central jail Srinagar, Itoo was questioned in a sub jail at Humhama on March 18-19.

The directorate has registered a case under Report Number 1/2013 against Pir and his two close associates under money laundering Act. Sources informed that the enforcement directorate would have confiscated the two flats in Delhi seized by the crime branch presently investigating the scam, but the buildings wherein the flats have been purchased are ‘unauthorized’ as per the Delhi government.

One of these two seized flats in Delhi have been handed over to the building owner against a proper receipt whereby the owner has been declared a custodian of the property till the matter is decided. The second seized flat in Delhi has been handed over by the crime branch to the wife of Mushtaq Pir declaring her a custodian of the same till a decision about the same is taken.

Besides seizure of the two flats in Delhi, different bank accounts of Pir were frozen by the crime branch wherein Rs 32 lakhs was found deposited by the accused. Pir’s gold worth Rs 25 lakhs kept in different bank lockers was also seized by the crime branch. The three accused according to sources in the directorate had tried to legitimatize money and other assets accumulated through illegal means.

Sources said confiscation of Pir’s property by the enforcement directorate is in process and after finishing the prerequisite legal formalities, the directorate is all set to take action.

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