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Brokers out to sell off Paul brothers’ land

CASH-FOR-JOB SCAM

GUWAHATI, June 7: At a time when the kingpin of the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, Rakesh Paul, is lodged at Guwahati Central Jail and his brother, Rajiv Paul, who is a partner in the crime, is still absconding, a gang of brokers is out to sell the duo’s multi-crore worth land property in the State’s capital.

Sources told The Sentinel that someone on behalf of Rajiv Paul has even applied to acquire the sale permission to sell his huge plot of land at Azara in Kamrup metro district. The office of deputy commissioner of Kamrup metropolitan district has received the application seeking sale permission. The development has left the Assam Police clueless as to how Rajiv Paul, who has been absconding since November, 2016, could apply for sale permission of his land in the city. Police said Rajiv must have gone outside India (probably staying in Nepal) to evade police arrest in connection with his involvement in the cash-for-job scam.

Similar is the case with Rakesh Paul’s land property. The gang of brokers is making all efforts, including intimidating local residents, to sell Paul’s land at Panikheti in the city. The plot of land is registered in the name of Paul’s wife. Some local residents of Panikheti recently cleared Paul’s lands from encroachment. After the plot was cleared from encroachment, the brokers became active to sell it off.

Having come to know about the development, the Dibrugarh police, which is investigating the cash-for-job scam, has written to the Kamrup Metro deputy commissioner to take stern and immediate actions to prevent any possibility of selling of Rakesh and Rajiv’s land property in the city. “Selling land property of the duo might pose as a legal hurdle for the police to convict the Pauls on amassing huge property by spending black money that they earned through the cash-for-job scam,” the source said.