GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court has rejected the bail petition of top Assam Police official Kumar Sanjit Krishna, who was arrested in connection with the Assam Police SI recruitment scam. Krishna had allegedly leaked the question papers of the recruitment exams days ahead of the scheduled exam.
Later state police had to cancel the rescheduled exam with fresh question papers. Over 20 people including top state police officials were arrested in the case and investigation, as well as arrests, was continuing.
Before his arrest, Krishna who was posted as Karimganj SP was transferred to Barpeta as SP of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) after his name cropped up in the recruitment scam
Despite, Krishna’s side sought relief for him on health grounds citing that the accused officer was suffering nerve problems, the high court dismissed the prayer saying that bail to Krishna may hamper the ongoing investigation.
The high court in its order said, “…Court is of the opinion that in the backdrop of facts and circumstances as well as the nature of accusations that emerged from the case diary if the liberty of bail is granted to the accused, the ongoing fair investigation into the case is certain to be adversely affected. In view of the above backdrop of facts and prima facie evidence available on the case diary, the bail application stands dismissed.”
“The Superintendent, Central Jail, Guwahati is directed to provide necessary medical treatment to the accused as per the advice of the Jail Doctor. As the accused/petitioner has been behind the bar, the investigating office-directed to expedite the investigation,” the court order added.
Earlier objecting to the bail plea, state government public prosecutor PP Boruah submitted that accused Krishna was the mastermind behind the leaking of the question papers for money amounting to Rs 40 lakhs. He added that the accused hatched up a pre-planned conspiracy along with other arrested accused persons.
The high court earlier had rejected the bail pleas of at least seven persons including three anticipatory bail pleas.
Kumar Sanjit Krishna was arrested on October 15.