GUWAHATI, July 19 - The Court of Special Judge, Assam, today remanded the 19 arrested State Government officers to 11-day police remand. Although the investigators sought maximum period of police custody, the Court restricted the initial custody period to 11 days.
The accused were produced before the Court this evening after they were medically examined. The 19 Assam Civil Service (ACS), Assam Police Service (APS) and allied service officials were arrested by Dibrugarh Police on Wednesday when they were summoned for handwriting test in the Special Branch headquarters.
Special Public Prosecutor BK Mahajan said the Court after hearing the arguments from both the prosecution and the defence has also rejected the bail applications of six of the accused.
�Accused APS officer Pallavi Sharma, the daughter of sitting Member of Parliament RP Sharma, was also denied any relief which she sought citing her father�s medical condition as the Court was of the opinion that the accused could not submit relevant documents to that effect,� Mahajan said.
Meanwhile, a section of the arrested accused has moved the Court pleading that the investigating officer of the case Surjeet Singh Panesar be barred from speaking to media. The Court has fixed the matter for July 30.
The Court also directed the police to ensure medical check up of the accused after every 24 hours.
The arrested officers are Utpal Bhuyan, Barnali Das, Susovan Das, Dhruvojyoti Chakraborty, Manzoor Ilahi Laskar, Moon Mazoomdar, Mustafa Ahmed Borbhuyan, Md Saibur Rahman Borbhuyan, Monika Teronpi, Ganesh Chandra Das, Srabanti Sen Gupta, Deepsikha Phukan, Leena Krishna Kakati, Gulshan Daolagapu, Pallavi Sharma, Bhargav Phukan, Rituraj Neog, Nipon Kumar Pathak and Suranjita Hazarika.