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APSC scam: Sailen Sarma Baruah�s role being probed

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GUWAHATI, July 26 - Dibrugarh Police has taken advocate Sailen Sarma Baruah, who was arrested recently in the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), to various locations outside Guwahati where he allegedly hatched a conspiracy to influence the probe by using money power.

Investigators claimed that they are very close to trace how money changed hands as part of the conspiracy.

Sarma Baruah, who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a practising advocate, allegedly collected a huge amount of money from various sources with an intent to secure bail for the arrested Government officers.

Sources said that Sarma Baruah was today taken to a number of places for spot verification by a team supervised by investigating officer Surjeet Singh Panesar. The call detail record of Baruah is already being examined.

After having laid hands on some �clinching� evidences during the course of the questioning of the recently arrested Government officials, Dibrugarh Police is now tracing the money trail.

�There could be more people involved in the entire chain of events. We are very close to getting something very concrete as far as the money trail is concerned. The search operation in various suspected locations is on,� sources claimed.

Meanwhile, Dibrugarh Police conducted a search in the house of Surajit Choudhury in Guwahati last night. Choudhury, a real estate businessman, was arrested along with advocate Sailen Sarma Baruah.

Choudhury, according to the police, acted as a middleman between the candidates and arrested APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul. Choudhury's wife Suranjita Choudhury, an Assam Civil Service officer, has already been arrested by the police.

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APSC scam: Sailen Sarma Baruah�s role being probed

GUWAHATI, July 26 - Dibrugarh Police has taken advocate Sailen Sarma Baruah, who was arrested recently in the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), to various locations outside Guwahati where he allegedly hatched a conspiracy to influence the probe by using money power.

Investigators claimed that they are very close to trace how money changed hands as part of the conspiracy.

Sarma Baruah, who is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a practising advocate, allegedly collected a huge amount of money from various sources with an intent to secure bail for the arrested Government officers.

Sources said that Sarma Baruah was today taken to a number of places for spot verification by a team supervised by investigating officer Surjeet Singh Panesar. The call detail record of Baruah is already being examined.

After having laid hands on some �clinching� evidences during the course of the questioning of the recently arrested Government officials, Dibrugarh Police is now tracing the money trail.

�There could be more people involved in the entire chain of events. We are very close to getting something very concrete as far as the money trail is concerned. The search operation in various suspected locations is on,� sources claimed.

Meanwhile, Dibrugarh Police conducted a search in the house of Surajit Choudhury in Guwahati last night. Choudhury, a real estate businessman, was arrested along with advocate Sailen Sarma Baruah.

Choudhury, according to the police, acted as a middleman between the candidates and arrested APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul. Choudhury's wife Suranjita Choudhury, an Assam Civil Service officer, has already been arrested by the police.

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