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Feb 02, 2012 at 08:11am IST

J&K minister under fire for cheating in son's exam

Srinagar: Trouble continues for Jammu and Kashmir senior Congress leader and Education Minister Peerzada Sayeed. Crime Branch raids at the State Board of School Education have revealed more documents indicating that board officials helped his son to pass class 10 exam.

A newspaper in Srinagar on Monday carried the facsimile of an answer sheet in two handwritings - alleging that part of it had been written by an official to help Sayeed's son pass the secondary school exam in 2009.

Testimonies by members of the invigilation team and intervention by offices, including that of Chief Minister's secretariat and Raj Bhawan, clearly states that everyone knew about this case but the board officials ostensibly under pressure from the Education Minister swept the matter under the carpet.

Opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti is blaming the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for inaction. The officials in question are being investigated by the State Vigilance Department and the Crime Branch.

"We are ready for a fresh probe. Whoever wants to do it we will fully cooperated." Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education PRO Showkat Usman said.

Reports say that Abdullah summoned Sayeed to his office demanding an explanation.

What's ironic is that while the results of other students who took the same exam were labelled unfair or disputed and withheld, the minister's son passed the exam with flying colours.