In yet another crackdown on scamsters, Dibrugarh Police, who are probing the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), arrested two accused persons last night besides arresting APS officer Kabita Das.
Police in a midnight swoop, arrested Darrang district’s BJP vice president Sailen Sharma Baruah from Sipajhar and real estate businessman Surajit Choudhury from the city for their alleged involvement in the APSC recruitment scam.
Police officials said Choudhury, husband of arrested ACS officer Pallabi Sharma Choudhury, and Sharma Baruah, who is secretary of Darrang Bar Association, allegedly tried to manage the court for securing Pallabi’s bail besides attempting to obstruct the investigation process into the APSC scam. Sarma Baruah is also counsel of arrested official Pallabi.
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Pallabi, who was posted as circle officer in Mangaldai revenue circle, was arrested by Dibrugarh police in November last year along 23 gazetted officers.
Investigations revealed that the accused officers had bribed senior APSC officials to get the jobs by doctoring their answer sheets. An investigation of the answer sheets of these officers revealed a mismatch in their handwriting.
Earlier, on Sunday night police also arrested APS officer Kabita from Duliajan in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district in connection with the recruitment scam in the APSC.
Dibruagh police likely to produce the duo along with arrested DSP Kabita in the court of Special Judge, Assam here this afternoon.
The Dibrugarh Police on July 18 arrested 19 gazetted officials, including APS officer Pallavi Sharma, daughter of BJP MP RP Sharma, in Guwahati in connection with the scam.
The arrested 19 officials are now in police custody and being interrogated by police here. The Special Judge’s court, Assam, sent them to 11-day police remand on Thursday and they will be produced in the court on July 30 again.
With the last night arrest of three persons, the number of arrested accused persons in the APSC recruitment scam has gone up to 66.