GUWAHATI: Akshay Chand Baid, one of the prime accused in the Sub-Inspector (SI) recruitment exam paper leak scam of Assam Police has been granted bail by the Gauhati High Court (GHC) on January 18.
Along with him eight accused have also been granted bail, sources said, however, the names of the people are yet to be revealed.
Akshay Chand Baid aka Akhiya is the owner of Akshay Telecommunication, the company which got a sub-contract for conducting the Police SI Recruitment Exam. He was in judicial custody since October 27, 2020.
As per reports, Baid has been granted bail from the Gauhati High Court due to complaints on health-related issues.
Furthermore, Baid is currently undergoing medical treatment in Chennai. The bail has been granted by the Gauhati High Court for 15 days.
It is to be mentioned that earlier, the then State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) chairperson Pradeep Kumar tendered his resignation taking moral responsibility of the failure to conduct the examination in a free and fair manner and Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta was then appointed as the new chairperson of the SLPRB.
Meanwhile, the brother of former Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Kumar Sanjit Krishna, an Assam Police Service (APS) officer, who was serving as SP (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) in Barpeta district, was arrested.
Along with that Diban Deka, who was associated with the BJP but expelled upon his arrest, and PK Dutta, a former Assam Police DIG, was arrested in the case.
On September 20, 2020, some 66,000 candidates were answering the questions when the exam was cancelled after the leaked question paper went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged on the people of the state to have "full faith" in the Assam Police even as several police officials have been arrested for taking the bribe and for their alleged involvement in cases of corruption, including the mega Sub Inspector recruitment scam.