MAN BEHIND THE MUDDLE: Former APSC Chairman Rakesh Paul.

The Supreme on Thursday dismissed the bail petition of former APSC chairman Rakesh Paul, prime accused in the multi-crore APSC scam.

While taking up the hearing the two-member bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta rejected the bail plea of Paul.

Dismissing the special leave petition filed by the petitioner on behalf of the accused, the apex court also declined to interfere with the judgment and order passed by the Gauhati High Court.

Rakesh Paul was earlier appointed an APSC member and subsequently the commission’s chairman under the previous Congress government, and was arrested on November 4, 2016, after a doctor, Angshumita Gogoi, alleged that she had to pay him Rs 10 lakh to get the post.

APSC scam accused Paul was granted bail by the Supreme Court in August but was immediately arrested in connection with a similar case.

The latter case was lodged under IPC Sections 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and Sections 13(1)(a)(d)(iii) and 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, after another candidate, Bedanta Bikash Das, alleged that Paul demanded Rs 15 lakh from him to get him a government job.

However, Paul later approached the Supreme Court.

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