GUWAHATI: On April 5, investigators from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption detained a Sub Inspector in Nagaon, Assam, while he was accepting bribe from a person.
This was part of the state's unprecedented anti-corruption campaign. The Nagaon Police Station SI was allegedly discovered collecting a bribe of Rs 15,000 from the complainant in exchange for freeing him from an old case that was still outstanding. The episode occurred during a late-night operation carried out by the anti-corruption squad, according to sources.
The identified SI was Suruzul Haque, who’s retirement was just one month away.
The vigilance unit took to their official Twitter handle and wrote, “In a late evening Ops, a team of @DIR_VAC_ASSAM trapped red handed and apprehended Sub Inspector(UB) Suruzul Haque of Nagaon PS after he accepted a part of demanded bribe from the complainant for giving him relief in old pending case.”
On April 3, in Assam's Karimganj district, the detectives of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption detained a Lat Mandal on graft-related accusations. Joyshab Hussain Laskar, a Lat Mandal, was assigned to the Circle Officer's office in Karimganj's Badarpur neighbourhood.
Upon taking bribe money from the complainant to process his land mutation procedures, Laskar was caught in the act.
Rakesh Paul, the former head of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), who was detained in connection with the cash-for-jobs scandal more than six years ago, was released from prison in March, four days after the Gauhati high court granted him bail. "I approve of the Supreme Court's ruling. While the matter is still under investigation, I won't comment”, after his release, Paul told reporters. "I had a fantastic experience in jail and worked on various social and religious causes”, he added.