APSC Cash-For-Job Scam: Gauhati High Court Orders To Form Probe Panel

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Guwahati, June 14, 2019

The Gauhati High Court, while dismissing the re-examination plea made by the government in the Assam Public Civil Service cash-for-job scam, has directed the government to form a probe panel within a month.

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The Dibrugarh police on June 13th, 2019 submitted the final charge sheet in the case. A special court on June 11th, 2019, has granted bail to Rakesh Gupta, one of the prime accused in the infamous APSC cash-for-job scam.

Gupta had surrendered before the Special Court on April 11th, 2019 and later, on April 22nd, 2019, a special court had sent Rakesh Gupta to police custody till April 26th, 2019. The court had directed the Dibrugarh Police to take him in custody.

The cash-for-job case was registered by Dibrugarh police in October 2016, when a job aspirant lodged a complaint that Nabakanta Patir, an engineer, has offered her a government job through APSC if she pays a bribe of Rs 10 lakh.

In late 2017, the Dibrugarh police had arrested 12 APSC qualified officials who were involved in the APSC cash for job scam from various locations of the state. The arrested officers who were involved in cash for job scam are Pallabika Sarma Choudhury, Dipak Khanikar, Debajit Bora, Anirudh Roy and Himangshu Choudhury (all ACS officers). The APS officers arrested are Sabbira Imran, assistant commandant at 12th APBn, Jayanta Kumar Nath, assistant commandant at 7th APBN, Harshajyoti Bora, DSP Border and Hemanta Saikia, DSP DSB Jorhat. Sudipta Goswami Bhattacharya, Amarjit Das and Raju Saha were also arrested.