11 Assam officials arrested in job-for-cash scam perpetrated during the erstwhile Congress regime

In recent years, the state of Assam has been embroiled under a cash for jobs scam, whose kingpin is alleged to be Rakesh Kumar Paul the chairman of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC). Paul who was appointed to the commission by the Congress in 2008 became its Chairman in 2013.

He was since then accused of running a “jobs bazaar” during the erstwhile Congress regime where he is alleged to have collected Rs 10 lakh to Rs 40 lakh from candidates or a total of Rs 20 crore to Rs 40 crore for manipulating the mark sheet of the said candidates who then got the job.

In March 2015 the complaint in this matter was forwarded to the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing of Assam Police which forwarded it to the Congress led state government but nothing happened.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

Now in what reports have called, the biggest move against corruption by the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government, authorities have arrested 11 officials in connection with this case. These 11 officials who belong to the 2013 batch, were arrested from various districts in the early hours of Wednesday.

Of the 11 arrested, 7 belong to the Assam Civil Services (ACS) and 4 belong to the Assam Police Service (APS). This number is expected to go up, with officials claiming that 14 more are likely to be arrested in the next few days.

These arrests are a result of the investigative team headed by SS Panesar, Additional SP, Dibrugarh, getting forensic reports which confirmed the allegations against these 25 officials who were made to take a handwriting test this June.

As per reports, the answers scripts of these officials had turned out to be fake after forensic examination.

The arrests in this matter began in October 2016 with the arrest of a government engineer who was accused of collecting money on behalf of APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul who was subsequently arrested a month later.

The arrests also include 2 APSC members named Samedur Rahman, Basanta Kumar Doley, 3 APSC officials and 3 Assam Civil Service (ACS) officers who have already been dismissed from service.

The fake answer scripts of the selected officials were seized from the residence of Rakesh Kumar Paul after his arrest. In these fake answer scripts, the marks of the candidate were manipulated. These fake answer scrips were tallied with the handwriting of the selected officials.

Rakesh Kumar Paul as per this report used to arrange a fake exam of the candidates at various secret locations after taking money from them. There the candidates were allowed to write on a fresh answer script so that their obtained marks could be manipulated.

This isn’t the only such action which has been taken in the state.

On Tuesday, Guwahati police arrested Ranjit Gogoi the Director of Information and Public Relations (IPR) in the Assam government in connection with a 30 crore publicity scam which took place towards the end of the Congress regime.

This scam was in connection with the IPR department releasing huge sums of money to private firms for running a publicity campaign called “Vision Assam Mission Assam” which highlighted the “success stories” of the Congress government ahead of the 2016 assembly election.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Activist opposing Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal contract thinks ‘Brahmins obstruct India’s development’

The Akshaya Patra has come under criticism recently for not including onion and garlic in its mid-day meals for school children.

Mumbai Police teaches a lesson in humility to ‘special’ Sonam Kapoor

Actor Dulquer Salman clarified that he and Sonam were sitting inside a car that was rigged to a truck and hence were not breaking traffic rules.

Here is what connects attack on Akshaya Patra, French NGO against Rafale and demonization of Amarnath Yatra

The web of foreign-funded NGOs that demonised the Amarnath Yatra, French NGO that complained against Rafale in France and the demand to remove Akshaya Patra from midday meals contract

Rafale: SC examined the pricing details closely, ‘did not rely’ on CAG report as claimed by Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has claimed that the Supreme Court verdict on Rafale was based only on the CAG report, while it is not true

Church of South India Archbishop Dyvasirvadam arrested in church fund scam, reports Times of India

According to the report, archbishop Dyvasirvadam was allegedly involved in misappropriation of church fund for over a decade

Uttar Pradesh: Eight cattle smugglers arrested in Bahraich with arms and ammunition

The smugglers even tried to trample the police personnel with their vehicle.

Double whammy for Congress in court: After Rafale verdict, Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as special director gets SC approval

The Supreme Court's verdict is being seen as the second major embarrassment for both the Congress party and Prashant Bhushan, as the Supreme Court had earlier rejected a plea on the issue of a probe concerning the Rafale deal.

Zee News issues defamation notice of Rs 1000 crore to Congress leader Navjot Singh Singh

Sidhu had allegedly threatened the Zee News when he had said “nani yaad dila denge” after Zee News had shown a video ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised at an election rally

Congress friendly journalist wishes death upon BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga

During the run-up to Gujarat assembly elections last year, Trivedi was caught spreading morphed images with Amit Shah's fake quotes on Patidars

Pro-Congress troll resumes fake news website, makes outlandish claims on Rafale targeting Modi

Abhishek Mishra has been associated with the website which spreads fake news and Islamist propaganda

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,692FansLike
98,050FollowersFollow
6,178SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these