Guwahati: Retired senior officer of the Assam Police Prasanta Kumar Dutta – one of the men accused of playing a key role in leaking the exam paper for recruitment of sub-inspector in Assam Police was sent to 6-days CID custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Guwahati.
Dutta was arrested from the Indo-Nepal Border on Tuesday, after being on the run for about two weeks.
According to police, Dutta was caught on the basis of an outlook notice at Nepal’s Kakarbhitta town bordering West Bengal in India.
He was produced in the court on Wednesday at around 2pm where he was sent to CID custody for six days. Reports say, CID demanded for seven days custody but the court allowed for only 6 days.
According to reports, PK Dutta is now taken to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital for medical checkup after the hearing.
On September 20, question papers for Assam Police Recruitment Exam were leaked on the social media minutes after the test started.
The exams for 597 posts, for which more than 60,000 candidates had applied, had to be cancelled and a massive investigation was initiated as instructed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Raids at various locations, including Dutta’s hotels Bhargav Grand and Bhargav on September 23 and 24, showed he had conducted mock tests using the original exam paper.
Dutta and former BJP leader Diban Deka – suspended after his involvement in the scam surfaced – were named key accused in the scam. A lookout notice was issued to arrest the retired police officer and a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh was also announced.