JORHAT, Aug 2 - A group of young advocates, who had raised their voices several times against corrupt practices and misuse of public money in different infrastructural schemes in Jorhat, alleged that the new government has not ordered any probe into the �cases of corruption and police-criminal nexus� in the city during the tenure of its first two months causing disappointment among the common people.
Addressing a press conference at Jorhat Press Club today, advocate Rintu Goswami, Gautam Bora and Indrajit Kakoty criticised the State government for its alleged negligence to expedite the investigation into the big-ticket scam of appointment in Health department and to stop misuse of public money in �poor maintenance of city-roads�.
Citing instances of spiralling cases of crimes and deprivation of justice, the advocates also said that the Superintendant of Police had neither paid any heed to the problems of common public, nor took any action against her subordinate police officers even after several advocates clearly pointed out corrupt practices among the police personnel in Jorhat Sadar Police Station.
�We on behalf of Jorhat Bar Association appealed to the Jorhat SP to compel her subordinate officers to follow the guidelines of the department. Instead of starting proper investigation into a criminal case, one officer in the Jorhat Sadar Police Station suggested to the accused persons to file counter-complaints against the complainants so that he can take money from both the sides. SP has been remaining a mute spectator conspicuously. We demand a high-level investigation into the police-criminal nexus and the immediate removal of the SP of Jorhat,� said advocate Rintu Goswami.
Along with him, his supporters also cited instances of prosecution failures on the part of police in several criminal cases in Jorhat. �How can cases of firing and ATM loots are taking place for such a long time in a city like Jorhat, which is historically known as a peaceful city. The nexus between police and criminals is apparent in our city. In many cases, criminals could come out of the jail as police delayed filing of charge-sheets,�said advocate Goswami.
Though the investigation into a big-ticket scam of appointment in the State Health and Family Welfare department was launched last year in the city, neither any action has been taken to recover public money from the ghost-employees nor any step taken to drag the corrupt officers to the court, they rued.
Besides, they also criticized the poor maintenance of public roads in the city of Jorhat. According to them, State PWD spent more than Rs 5 crore in the financial year of 2015-16.
As the condition of several important roads of Jorhat are deplorable, the group of young advocates and their colleagues demanded an investigation to find out whether the amount of public money was properly spent in the maintenance of the roads or not. According to them, the citizens will remain deprived of justice if the new State government does not take any effective measure to stop corruption in reality and to recover the public money from the corrupt people.