APSC Cash-for-Job Scam: ACS Officer Ramanuj Hazarika Resigns, Demands SC-monitored SIT Investigation

Guwahati, November 24, 2017: In a new twist added in the ongoing probe of Cash-for-Job scam, An Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer Ramanuj Hazarika has resigned from the service. He was reportedly absent from the duty since last 5 months. In a resignation letter sent to Principal Secretary of Personnel (A) Department, Hazarika cited the reason of UPSC preparation behind this decision. Hazarika was 2015 batch ACS officer currently holding the position of Election Officer & Executive Magistrate in Dhemaji district.

It could be mentioned here that earlier in June this year police had seized the answer-scripts of all 241 candidates selected by Rakesh Paul led APSC in 2015. So far total 23 ACS, Assam Police Service (APS) and allied service officers have been taken into custody in this probe while two other accused officers were still at large. Government is awaiting forensic reports of more than 400 such candidates who had appeared in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) exams and more arrests are likely in this probe in coming days.

Later in the late evening Hazarika shared a post on his facebook page in which he tried to highlight his humble upbringing and his academic accomplishments.

“After losing my father at the age of three, raised single handedly by my mother with her meager income as a primary school teacher, becoming a position holder of Assam Board in XII and a topper of Hindu College, Delhi University in graduation, passing Master’s and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University with flying colours, clearing NET four times and JRF twice I took mostly right decisions in my life apart from the fact that I decided to appear for APSC which was never my aim”, Hazarika wrote.

Further in the post he appears mixing several reasons to support his decision such as job dissatisfaction, media scrutiny (in cash-for-job scam) and his UPSC aspiration.

“No doubt, two years in Assam Civil Service has been an enriching journey that has broadened my perspective about life and administration; however, clearing this exam seems to be a curse in itself. No matter who you are and what your credibility is, people will always question you and you will be subjected to stupid media trial. When I joined ACS two years ago, I had dreams in my eyes that I will do something meaningful for the society. Two years in ACS is enough to send someone into depression. Besides, one does not get enough time to prepare for other competitive examinations as it is not a 9-5 job”, Hazarika wrote.

At end of his post he also appears trying to address the suspicion raised in media that he resigned in fear of ongoing probe in cash-for-job scam.

“I have been thinking of resigning from the service for quite a long time now and I discussed this with my Deputy Commissioner way back in March 2017. Today, finally, I decided to call it a quit. If I have to be blatantly honest with you, this thing doesn’t deserve your youthful energy”, Hazarika added.

Further he asked for SIT investigation under the supervision of Supreme Court in this scam.

“I fully believe that there should be a free and fair investigation process. Personally I feel that such a big scam should have been investigated by an SIT under the supervision of Supreme Court. Independence and autonomy are the need of the hour”, he wrote.

Hazarika ended his letter in theatrical style with Jai Hind and a promise that he will definitely return but in a larger capacity.