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    SI Recruitment Scam: GHC rejects Rubul Hazarika’s bail plea

    Hazarika allegedly delivered the question papers with answers ticked on those to the candidates lodged at Hotel Bhargav Grand

    GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court has rejected the bail plea of Rubul Hazarika, one of the prime accused in the Assam Police Sub-Inspector (SI) recruitment scam case.

    Hazarika who was arrested by Assam Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Nalbari was associated with Akshay Telecommunication, the company which got the sub-contract for conducting an SI recruitment scam. The company was allegedly involved in the question paper leak case.

    Praying for bail, Hazarika said that he was a partner of the firm Akhay Telecommunications with one Akhay Chand Baid and the said firm had entered into an agreement with Kerala State Electronic Development Corporation, who was engaged by the Assam Police for conducting the selection process for recruitment and accordingly, the Hazarika’s firm was engaged for logistic support to conduct the said selection process.

    However, opposing the bail plea, public prosecutor P.P. Boruah submitted that various statements recorded under section 161 and 164 Cr.P.C. and Test Identification Report, as well as the seized documents, suggested a prima facie strong case of the complicity of Hazarika in the commission of the alleged offenses which led the state government to cancel the competitive examination scheduled on September 20.

    After hearing the learned counsel of both sides and perusal of the case diary along with the I.O.’s bail objection petition, the high court in its order said, “The court finds prima facie evidence that the accused petitioner in connivance with other prime accused persons, who are/were senior police officials, collected question papers before the competitive examination was held on 20.09.2020 and circulated the same among some of the aspiring candidates in exchange of a large amount of money.”

    “It is also noticed that the accused, on the night of 19.09.2020, delivered the question papers with answers ticked on those to the candidates lodged at Hotel Bhargav Grand, Guwahati and on the following day early morning, he got the same collected back from those candidates. This case, which involves great public interest, needs to be investigated further in-depth. Therefore, this Court is of the view that if the liberty of bail is granted to the accused petitioner, the ongoing investigation is likely to be adversely affected. Accordingly, the bail application stands dismissed,” the court order read.


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