By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 11: The State BJP has said that with the confession made by arrested APSC chairman Rakesh Paul and member Samedur Rahman, a secret understanding between former State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Paul is beyond a shadow of doubt.
Talking to newsmen in the city today, State BJP’s Minority Morcha president Mominul Aowal said: “The inquiry into the corruption in the APSC should also cover Gogoi and his government. He’ll certainly be behind bars in the APSC corruption case.”
According to Aowal, both Paul and Rahman have confessed the involvement of the former Congress government, including Koi-Dhora, in corrupt practices in the APSC. “There have been numerous allegations of corruption against Paul. Under public pressure, in 2013 the Gogoi government did order an inquiry into the corruption in the APSC. Senior police officer Mukul Saikia was entrusted to conduct the inquiry. However, when Saikia submitted his report to Dispur, the Gogoi government transferred Saikia. The issue later reached the Gauhati High Court. The High Court did ask Dispur to rollback the transfer of the investigating police officer. Saikia then submitted his report to the High Court. After getting the investigation report, the High Court asked Dispur to hand over the case to the CBI in 2014. However, because of his involvement in the corruption, then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi didn’t refer the case to the CBI. With the confession made by Paul and Rahman now, the cat is now out of the bag. Gogoi has no way out to land in jail. Arresting Paul is the demand of the people of Assam, and the BJP did assure the people of the State to give them a government free from corruption. Everything is going in the right direction as Dispur is determined to root out corruption in the State.”
The confessiol statements of Paul and Rahman have given a new direction to the investigation into APSC corruption. If the claim made by Aowal has any truth in it, a tough time seems to be awaiting Gogoi.