The Gauhati High Court on Thursday granted bail to nine officers of the Assam Civil Service (ACS) and Assam Police Service (APS) arrested in connection with the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) cash for job scam.
Those who have been granted bail are Dipak Khanikar, Kunal Das, Sudipta Goswami, Gitali Doley, Rumi Saikia, Sunaina Aideu, Sabira Imran, Dilip Kumar Kalita and Badarul Islam.
These officers were arrested on November 8 last year and since then have been lodged at the Central Jail in Guwahati.
Notably, altogether 54 persons including prime accused and tainted chairman of Assam Pulic Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul were arrested in connection with the multi-crore cash for job scam.
Justice Rumi Kumari Phukan of Court no 11 in Gauhati High Court, has granted the bail to the ACS-APS officers on Thursday.
Earlier APS officer and daughter of BJP’s Tezpur Lok Sabha MP RP Sharma, Pallavi Sharma was granted interim bail for 14 days on August 1 last.
The Gauhati High Court had granted the interim bail to Pallavi Sharma on humanitarian ground. Pallavi Sharma was supposed to provide a kidney to his father, RP Sharma, who has been undergoing treatment for kidney ailment in Kolkata.
The entire cash-for-job scam came to light after the Dibrugarh police arrested Naba Kanta Patir, an engineer, from Dibrugarh after they caught him red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a woman doctor against a secured government job on October 27, 2016. Following the incident, a case was registered at the Dibrugarh police station (case no 936/16).