APSC chief sent to 14-day police custody


GUWAHATI: Chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), Rakesh Paul, arrested on Friday on corruption charges was remanded in 14 days police custody by a local court here.
Paul was produced before a special court, which accepted the investigating officer’s plea for 14 days police custody.
The police also submitted a two mobile phones and two answers scripts of APSC conducted Assam civil services examination of 2014, before the court. One of the answer scripts was awarded 198 marks and the other 148 marks.
Various organizations, including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Guwahati lawyers’ association, had filed plea before the court, requesting that bail should not be granted to Paul and maximum police custody of 14 days be given. Several groupsstaged protests in front of the court.
Paul was arrested here on Friday by a team of Dibrugarh Police on the basis of evidence collected following the arrest of a government assistant engineer, Nabakanta Patir, in Dibrugarh last month.
Patir was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from an APSC job aspirant.His arrest had also led to the apprehension of the PSO of an APSC member, Samedur Rahman, who is currently absconding.
A team of Dibrugarh Police and Anti-corruption and Vigilance wing conducted multiple raids in Guwahati last night after several hours of Paul’s interrogation.