Did Kashmir education minister cheat for son’s exam?

Srinagar/Jammu : In a major embarrassment for senior Congress leader and Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Sayeed, a newspaper in Srinagar Monday carried the facsimile of an answer sheet in two handwritings — alleging that part of it had been written by an official to help his son pass the secondary school exam in 2009. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has summoned the minister to explain his stand.

A front page story in the widely circulated ‘Greater Kashmir’ newspaper carried the facsimile of the answer sheet with the roll number 228211.

The newspaper story alleges that an official of the education department posted on exam duty had written part of the student’s Urdu exam paper in order to help him pass the exam.

A complaint lodged by another teacher posted on duty at the centre was received by the authorities of the Jammu and Kashmir board of school examinations, but despite recommendations to withhold the result of the candidate, the authorities went ahead announcing that the candidate had passed the exam.

Omar Abdullah Monday summoned Peerzada Sayeed on the case, an official statement in Jammu said.

“The chief minister asked the school education minister to see him to explain the facts in this matter. 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 their inquiry within seven working days,” it added.

Another senior Congress leader G.M. Saroor had to resign from the state cabinet in 2010 following media reports that his daughter had passed a medical college entrance exam by arranging a proxy candidate to write the papers.

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