GUWAHATI: The question paper of Assam Police sub-inspector (SI) recruitment exam was leaked against a sum of around Rs 40 lakhs, revealed preliminary probe into the scam by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Assam Police.
The startling fact surfaced during the initial quizzing of Kumar Sanjit Krishna, the then SP of Karimganj district, who was arrested on Thursday by the investigating agency.
Sources said that Krishna has admitted of his involvement in the scam. “On September 18, when the exam papers were distributed to the district police headquarters ahead of the recruitment exams slated on September 20, Krishna along with another arrested accused Rubul Hazarika leaked the papers against a sum of Rs 40 lakh,” CID sources said.
After his arrest on Thursday, CID along with top cops of state police have been questioning Krishna. He will be produced before the court on Friday afternoon and CID is likely to seek his remand for further interrogation.
Sources added that Krishna had asked the driver of the vehicle carrying the question papers to unload the papers at his official residence instead of the police station at Karimganj on September 18. Later on the same night, Hazarika reached the SP residence and took images of the question papers on his mobile phone by paying a hefty bribe of Rs 40 lakh, sources claimed. Subsequently, mock exams were held in various locations for those candidates who had paid bribes for the jobs prior to the scheduled exams.
In Karimganj, the SI recruitment exam was slated to be held at some two centres. Krishna, who was serving as the superintendent of police (SP) of Karimganj district was transferred recently.
Krishna, transferred as SP of foreigners’ regional registration office (FRRO) in Barpeta district, is the younger brother of Assam’s chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna.’
Earlier, the chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna posted on social media that the law would take its course and his name should not be dragged in as his brother “is a mature, independent individual in a different profession”.
SP Krishna’s residences in Guwahati and Silchar were also raided and the CID sleuths reportedly unearthed several incriminating documents.
The written exam to select 597 sub-inspectors (SI) to Assam Police was cancelled on September 20 after the question paper was leaked. The exam will now be held on November 22.
Both CID and crime branch who were probing the case have so far nabbed over 50 people in connection with the case including a retired IPS officer PK Dutta and a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Diban Deka who was later expelled from the party.
Police have also seized over Rs 5 crore, allegedly collected from candidates for posts of sub-inspectors by the accused, after conducting raids at several places in the past few days.