APSC CASH-FOR-JOBS SCAM
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Feb 25: After filing the first charge-sheet in the cash-for-jobs scam in Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), the State Police is now preparing the second charge-sheet which is likely to figure mes of some non-government officials and a few political figures. It is therefore likely to give a new twist to the scandal.
Meanwhile, sources informed that the letter sent by Assam Governor to the President of India seeking prosecution sanction against Rakesh Paul and two other APSC members has been forwarded to the Central ministries concerned by the President and is being currently examined by them.
As soon as the letter seeking prosecution receives the central ministries’ sanction, legal procedures against the accused persons will start.
The first charge-sheet against the 10 accused in the cash-for-jobs scam was filed in court by the police on January 10. They are: Rakesh Paul, Basanta Doley, Samedur Rahman, bakanta Patir, Pabitra Kaibartya, Mamud Ali Chowdhury, Abbas Ali, Sayed Musharraf, Rajeev Paul and Sudip Das.
Of the 10 accused in the scam, eight have already been arrested, while two – Rakesh Paul’s brother Rajeev whose press was allegedly used to print APSC ‘master’ copies of answer scripts and Sudip Das who allegedly collected money from candidates on Paul’s behalf – have been declared absconding.
The bail petition of Paul was rejected several times by the court. As per rule, any accused, after 90 days of arrest, can get bail. But if the police files charge-sheet against that particular accused within 90 days, the person’s bail plea gets rejected.
Sources further stated that there are possibilities of involvement of some political big shots in the cash-for-jobs scam in the APSC, although no such political figures have been interrogated by the investigating agency till date following the arrest of Rakesh Paul.