New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Thursday said the fate of Education Minister
Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed, whose foster son`s Class 10 exam was
allegedly fudged, would be decided in the next 24 hours.
Talking to reporters here, Omar said the findings of the
Jammu and Kashmir Police`s Crime Branch have been discussed
with his alliance partner Congress.
"We will decide action in 24-36 hours. The minister is
not accused of helping his son," Omar said but added the probe
had not yet established at whose behest the tampering of
three answersheets had been done.
The Chief Minister said he was not lenient with anyone.
"I am just following the natural course of justice that
his guilt has to be established. I can`t go on presumptions.
The guilt must be established. In this case, the minister
happens to be the Education Minister also. Therefore, a
thorough probe is a must," he said.
The Crime Branch had concluded there were some
irregularities in the answer sheets of Sayeed`s foster son`s
Class 10 exam, which he passed, after it found two hand
writings on them.
The Crime Branch, which probed the answer-paper scandal
in its report submitted to the government today, also
identified three officials allegedly involved in this.
The report said there were two hand writings on three
answer sheets of the Class 10 exam taken by the student,
official sources said here. Sayeed is a Congress nominee in
the state cabinet.
The sources said the three identified officials belonged
to the examination division of the J&K Board of Secondary
Imam Sauban, Peerzada Sayeed`s son, had passed his class
10 exam in 2009 allegedly with the help from Board of School
As the controversy had broken out, the Chief Minister had
announced an inquiry by the Crime Branch which questioned the
The answer sheets of the candidate were sent to General
Examiner of Questioned Documents who opined that the three
answer sheets had two different handwritings, they said.
After the probe was announced, Sayeed had welcomed the
decision and he said the issue has been raked up to malign his
Sayeed had to resign earlier also because of allegations
of corruption while he was in Ghulam Nabi Azad`s government in
He had quit in January 2008 after being accused of
demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs 40,000
from an independent MLA Shoaib Lone.