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3 ACS officials held for paying cash for their jobs

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GUWAHATI, May 3 - Three Assam Civil Service (ACS) officials, who allegedly secured jobs by paying bribes to arrested chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul and some other members of the Commission, were last night arrested by Dibrugarh police in connection with the cash-for-job scam.

The arrested trio was today produced before the Court of Special Judge, Assam which remanded them to 14-day police custody.

The arrested ACS officials are Circle Officer, Sipajhar Amit Jyoti Sarma, Circle Officer, Halem, Bhaskar Chandra Deba Sarma and Circle Officer, Nalbari, Bhaskar Dutta Das.

After the accused were produced before the court, intense arguments and counter-arguments were submitted by both special public prosecutor BK Mahajan and defence lawyer AK Bhuyan which lasted for nearly 40 minutes.

While the defence lawyer cited academic excellence of two of the accused to prove his case before the court, the prosecution countered it stating that academic brilliance of any candidate does not merit a thoroughfare for jobs under the APSC.

The special public prosecutor also submitted that the custodial interrogation of the arrested accused was necessary to unearth more such names who are now part of the government set-up.

Mahajan also pleaded that a joint questioning of suspended chairman of the APSC, who is in judicial custody, with the three arrested accused was also necessary in the interest of the investigation, which include collection of more materials.

The court after perusal of the case diary, and hearing both the sides remanded all the three accused to the maximum period of police custody. All the accused arrested so far in connection with the APSC cash-for-job scam have been granted maximum period of police custody.

The court also directed the investigating officer to follow the laid down guidelines of the Supreme Court in the DK Basu versus State of West Bengal case.

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3 ACS officials held for paying cash for their jobs

GUWAHATI, May 3 - Three Assam Civil Service (ACS) officials, who allegedly secured jobs by paying bribes to arrested chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul and some other members of the Commission, were last night arrested by Dibrugarh police in connection with the cash-for-job scam.

The arrested trio was today produced before the Court of Special Judge, Assam which remanded them to 14-day police custody.

The arrested ACS officials are Circle Officer, Sipajhar Amit Jyoti Sarma, Circle Officer, Halem, Bhaskar Chandra Deba Sarma and Circle Officer, Nalbari, Bhaskar Dutta Das.

After the accused were produced before the court, intense arguments and counter-arguments were submitted by both special public prosecutor BK Mahajan and defence lawyer AK Bhuyan which lasted for nearly 40 minutes.

While the defence lawyer cited academic excellence of two of the accused to prove his case before the court, the prosecution countered it stating that academic brilliance of any candidate does not merit a thoroughfare for jobs under the APSC.

The special public prosecutor also submitted that the custodial interrogation of the arrested accused was necessary to unearth more such names who are now part of the government set-up.

Mahajan also pleaded that a joint questioning of suspended chairman of the APSC, who is in judicial custody, with the three arrested accused was also necessary in the interest of the investigation, which include collection of more materials.

The court after perusal of the case diary, and hearing both the sides remanded all the three accused to the maximum period of police custody. All the accused arrested so far in connection with the APSC cash-for-job scam have been granted maximum period of police custody.

The court also directed the investigating officer to follow the laid down guidelines of the Supreme Court in the DK Basu versus State of West Bengal case.

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