GUWAHATI, Aug 18 - Former chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul, who was rearrested on Thursday by Bhangagarh police, was today produced before the Court of Special Judge, Assam which remanded him to 14-day police custody.
Paul�s accomplice Musarraf Hussain, a lower division assistant of the APSC, who was also in judicial custody, was rearrested (shown arrest) and remanded to 14-day police custody.
Paul, after being granted bail on Wednesday by the Supreme Court, was rearrested by Bhangagarh police in connection with the case No. 159/17 under sections 120 B/420/468 IPC read with Sections 7/13 (i) (a) (d) (3) /2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Praying for 14-day police remand for both the accused, special public prosecutor BK Mahajan assisted by investigating officer Surjeet Singh Panesar pleaded that further custodial interrogation is essential to verify and find out the modus operandi and the extent of the racket run by Paul and his associates for providing government jobs against payment of cash instead of merit.
Further, the prosecution also contended that the accused are required to be taken out for recovery of material evidence and also to unearth the money trail.
�Custodial interrogation is also a necessity as those securing jobs against payment of cash are still working in different capacities and the entire gamut of conspiracy needs to be unearthed,� the special public prosecutor argued.
The FIR was lodged by one Bedanta Bikash Das of Tezpur today wherein he alleged that Paul and his associate Musarraf Hussain had demanded Rs 15 lakh to secure the former�s appointment as an agricultural development officer.
Das even stated that an amount of Rs 50,000 was paid to Paul as advance on the Satsang Vihar premises at Bhangagarh here.