The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the bail pleas of two officials – Geetali Doley and Sudipta Goswami Bhattacharjee – who were arrested for being allegedly involved in the multi-crore cash-for-job scam in Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
Before their arrest, Assam Civil Service (ACS) officer Geetali Doley was serving as the Circle Officer at Gogamukh while Sudipta Goswami Bhattacharjee was serving as Employment officer at Hailakandi.
The Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the Gauhati High Court in connection with the case.
As per media reports, the case was presented before the Supreme Court by standing counsel Debajit Borkataki on behalf of the Assam government. It may be mentioned that the bench holding the verdict of Gauhati High Court comprising Justice NV Raman and Justice Abdul Nazir.
Geetali Doley was arrested on November 8, 2017 while Bhattacharjee was arrested on November 9, 2018.
Earlier, the accused officers were denied bail by Gauhati High Court.
They were arrested by Dibrugarh Police along with a large number of ACS, Assam Police Service (APS) and other officers engaged in other allied services for securing their jobs by paying bribes to then APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul and his associates and have been arrested in connection with Dibrugarh Police Station case number 936/2016 registered under different sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The breakthrough in the cash-for-jobs scam surfaced last year after a Dibrugarh Police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police SS Panesar arrested an engineer of the Town and Country Planning Department while accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh.