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APSC faces probe

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Jun 2015 12:00 AM GMT

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, June 17: With the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) facing a flurry of corruption and favoritism charges, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said an enquiry has been ordered into specific complaints received so far.

“So far we have received five cases regarding anomalies in the civil services examitions and Additiol Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Das has been asked to enquire into these cases,” Gogoi said at a press conference here.

He, however, did not divulge the details of the ture of cases and complaints that are being probed.

On the demand for removal of APSC chairman RK Paul, Gogoi said if any charges are proved against him, appropriate action will be taken.

The CM refuted allegations that the government is trying to sabotage an agitation launched by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi against the APSC.

Defending Akhil Gogoi’s arrest from the APSC office gate yesterday, the CM said, “He was obstructing officials on duty. He was arrested and duly produced before the court, which sent him to judicial custody. If the government had misused its power in any way, the court would have set him free or granted him bail.”

Akhil Gogoi and his associate Kamal Medhi were arrested from the APSC office gate here yesterday on the second day of their indefinite hunger strike, demanding removal of the APSC chairman, CBI enquiry into 2013 State civil services examitions and overhaul of the examition process.

Meanwhile, criticizing the BJP MPs from Assam for failing to pressurize the Central government to continue according special category status to Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the State government’s relentless pursuit of the matter has forced the Centre to decide to relook into the issue. “The people of Assam elected seven BJP MPs last year but they failed to speak up for the people. Congress MPs, including when I was in the Lok Sabha, have never failed to pressurize our own party government for the benefit of our State,” Gogoi said.

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