School Reform Movement (SRM), a pro-reform body in education sector of the state, Friday demanded a CBI probe into the scandal regarding the sale of question papers of Common Entrance Test (CET) saying the credibility of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) needs to be restored by bringing the culprits to the book.
“An inquiry by the CBI seems to be inevitable in such a high profile case. The Crime Branch probe is moving at snail’s pace,” a spokesman of the SRM said in a statement here.
The spokesman said the scandal was highlighted by the local media more than a year ago but no action was taken by any of the state government organs till the “massive bungling” were revealed through an RTI query.
“Whatever has come out about the scandal so far points out to a deeper than just the CET 2012 exams. The scope of investigation needs to encompass the entire tenure of (former BOPEE Chairman) Mushtaq Ahmad Peer,” he said.
The spokesman also pointed out that the government to grant extension to Peer as Chairman of the BOPEE when another official was appointed to the post last year.
The SRM demanded that the admission of all students, who have obtained admission in professional courses by buying the question papers, should be cancelled immediately so that the hard working students who have secured admissions by the dint of merit do not come under the clouds of suspicion.
“Just because few undeserving students managed to enter professional colleges by fraudulent means and cheating, the hardworking and meritorious students should not become suspects. Expelling the cheats is the only way to separate the wheat from the chaff,” the spokesman added.