GUWAHATI, Nov 11 - Multiple raids were conducted by different police teams during the last two days to trace out incriminating documents and locate the benami properties amassed by all the suspects, including the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman Rakesh Paul, in different locations of the State.
There are also reports that the ongoing probe is headed towards zeroing in on a number of suspects who were in direct contact with Paul, who is currently in police custody.
Meanwhile, Purnima Paul, the sister-in-law of Paul, was detained for questioning last night from near Ganeshguri here. She was travelling on a Tata Nano car when police intercepted her.
�There was a tip-off that Purnima was travelling to some unknown location with some incriminating documents following which she was intercepted. Police, however, could only lay their hands on the registration certificate of a car,� sources said. �She was allowed to go upon being questioned by Dibrugarh police,� said Vivekananda Das, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations).
Sources confide that both APSC chairman Rakesh Paul and member Samedur Rahman were cross-questioned by the investigators and were even taken to certain locations to conduct searches in the suspected benami properties.
Bijon Kumar Mahajan, special public prosecutor appointed by the State Government, said the investigation is going on the right track and whatever materials have been found during the course of the investigation cannot be disclosed at this stage as it would have an adverse impact on the ongoing investigations.
Meanwhile, Navakanta Patir, who was the first one to be arrested in the APSC recruitment scam, was remanded to judicial custody today after the expiry of 14-day police custody.
It was on the basis of Patir�s statement that Rakesh Paul was arrested although later substantial materials were believed to have been gathered by the investigators against the APSC chairman.