OUR STAFF REPORTER
Guwahati, Feb 27: Assam Police today questioned former Congress minister Gautom Roy in connection with the ‘cash-for-job’ scam in Assam Public Service Commission.
Roy, a cabinet minister in the erstwhile Tarun Gogoi government, is the first politician to be questioned in connection with the APSC scam.
Sources told The Sentinel that a team of Assam Police officials from Dibrugarh grilled Roy at the office of Special Bureau at Kahilipara in the city this afternoon. Police is believed to have questioned the former minister on his alleged involvement in striking secret monetary deals with a section of candidates aspiring to become Assam Civil Service officers because of his close association with APSC chairman Rakesh Paul. Prime accused in the scam Rakesh Paul is currently lodged in Guwahati Central Jail.
According to sources, Roy during his tenure as cabinet minister, introduced Paul to the then chief minister Tarun Gogoi and played a major role in appointing him APSC chairman by the State government despite opposition from the Personnel department.
It may be mentioned that on January 30 last, Roy was questioned by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in connection with Rs 2,250 crore scam in the Social Welfare department.
Sources also informed that after Roy, the Assam Police is likely to question some more politicians for their alleged involvement in the scam.