Police on Sunday night arrested APS officer Kabita Das from Duliajan in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district in connection with the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
Police officials said a team of Dibrugarh Police, who are probing the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, arrested Das from the official residence of her husband in Duiajan’s Oil Colony.
Das, who is currently posted as DSP of 19th IRBN, Duliajan, underwent a handwriting test on May 13 at Assam Police Special Branch headquarters in Kahilipara here.
The police officer came under scanner after forensic examination of her APSC examination answer sheets reportedly indicated several anomalies.
Sources said sensing trouble, she remained absent from office and her mobile phone was found switched off when Northeast Now tried to contact her. She also reportedly expressed her willingness to turn approver of the cash-for-job scam case in the APSC.
Das is now being taken to Guwahati and is likely to be produced in a court the Special Judge, Assam here on Monday 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 recruitment scam in the APSC.
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 arrest of Das, the number of arrested accused persons in the APSC recruitment scam has gone up to 64.
The Assam government had on 21 June this year dismissed 13 arrested state civil services officers from service for their alleged involvement in the cash-for-job scam.
The dismissed officers were undergoing probation when they were arrested in November last year and are currently lodged in Guwahati Central Jail, a news agency reported.
They have been accused of bribing Pal and using unfair means in the examinations to qualify for the state civil services.
Latest update: Arrested DSP Kabita Das is being interrogated at Assam Police Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara here. She was brought to the SB headquarters here following her arrest at Duliajan on Sunday.