GUWAHATI, Oct 4 - Nearly one year after they were arrested in connection with the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), the Gauhati High Court today granted bail to nine State government officials, which includes six Assam Civil Service (ACS) and three Assam Police Service (APS) officials.
The bail was granted by the Court of Rumi Kumari Phukan primarily keeping in view the length of detention and the fact that charge-sheet against them has already been submitted.
Those granted bail include Deepak Khanikar, Kunal Das, Sabira Imran, Sudipta Goswami, Geetali Doley, Rumi Baruah, Dilip Kumar Kalita, Sunaina Aideo and Badrul Islam.
One of the defence lawyers Angshuman Bora, who appeared for four of the nine accused, argued before the Court that the investigators, in its charge-sheets, could not come up with any concrete material against the accused so far and further it was still not clear as to when the trial would actually happen.
Senior advocate Anil Bhattacharya and Anand Kumar Bhuyan represented the other accused.
The court, however, while granting the bail has put certain conditions on the accused and directed them not to leave the territorial limits of Guwahati without the written permission of the trial court and without informing the investigating agency.
�They would report before the trial court and the investigating officer once in a month till the investigation in the case is completed,� the Court directed.
�The appellants shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the Court or to any other authority,� the order said, adding, �Breach or non-compliance with any of the conditions would entail immediate cancellation of the bail granted, either suo motu or any complaint made by any quarter whatsoever.�
The Court further stressed that such a breach would be viewed very seriously and would visit the applicant with stringent adverse consequences as contemplated in law.
It also directed the investigating agency to keep continuous vigil in the matter and if need be bring to the notice of the trial court any conduct or action of the applicant warranting recall of the order.
The accused were arrested by the Dibrugarh Police in November 2017 on charges of securing job by payment of cash.