Jammu: Jammu and
Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Sayed, whose son was involved
in using unfair means for his Class 10 examinations, has resigned.
According to family sources, Sayed sent the resignation letter to
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and not to Chief Minister Omar
Officials of the school board allegedly helped his son pass the
secondary school exam.
Earlier, after seven days of
inquiry, Jammu and Kashmir Police had reportedly indicted
state Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed for using
"unfair means" to favour his son in Class 10 examination in 2009.
A source in the crime branch of police told IANS February 08 that the inquiry
revealed that Peerzada, a Congress man, used his official position
to help his son Imam Sauban pass his Class 10 examination.
A local newspaper in Srinagar first published a report on the
issue along with photographs of Imam's answer sheets of the Urdu
and Mathematics papers for Class 10 examination. "Both papers were
written by a senior education department official," the source
Reportedly, the state education department and the Board of School
Education (BOSE) "were hand in glove in the case".
Earlier in 2010, another state minister, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori
of the Congress party, had to quit for alleged impersonation in
the entrance examination for getting his daughter admitted to a
Peerzada also resigned during his earlier stint as education
minister in January 2008 following charges by Independent
legislator Shoaib Lone that he paid a bribe of Rs.40,000 to him.