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Friday February 10, 2012 07:10:02 PM, Agencies

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Kashmir's Examgate: Education minister indicted?

After seven days of inquiry, Jammu and Kashmir Police have reportedly indicted state Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed for using "unfair means" to favour his son in Class 10 

Kashmir education minister cheated for son's exam?

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 Abdullah.

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 said.

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 medical college.

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.






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