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Cabinet to decide on Paul�s fate today

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GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - The Assam Government has asked police to file a report on the investigations into the recruitment racket in the Assam Public Service Commission ahead of a crucial Cabinet meeting scheduled for tomorrow, which is likely to take up the issue of suspension or removal of the disgraced chairman of the constitutional body, Rakesh Paul.

Official sources said investigators are trying to prepare a report with �clinching evidence� to ensure that there are no legal �loopholes� in the case. If the State Cabinet recommends removal of the APSC chairman on the ground of �misbehaviour�, the report will have to be sent to the President who, before giving his consent, will also have to refer the matter to the Supreme Court which will also inquire into the charges.

Meanwhile, after a raid last night at the APSC office, following reports of burning of documents by APSC member Basanta Kumar Doley and his staff on Sunday evening, a team of CID officials locked a few rooms at the office and have deployed security personnel at the complex to ensure there are no further suspicious activities.

The CID team is assisting the Dibrugarh police team in the investigations. Though Dr Doley said he had burnt waste papers lying at the office to drive away mosquitoes, police is probing the incident. Samples of the ashes have been seized by the police.

Meanwhile, the State police have declared APSC member Samedur Rahman, whose name has also been linked to this recruitment racket, as an absconder and intensified search to locate him and have sought help of neighbouring states in tracking and arresting him.

Considering the seriousness of the case, Assam Police has also formed a special three-member team headed by ADGP AK Jha to monitor and guide the investigations.

Police sources said besides guiding the investigators, the three-member team of senior officials will also keep a watch over what was emerging in the public domain.

Investigators said five to six senior officials of the APSC are under scanner presently. �The ambit of the probe may widen as we come across new evidence,� said an official of the investigating team.

Meanwhile, the State unit of the BJP today said the State Government would continue to adopt zero tolerance policy on corruption and congratulated Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking the bold step of arresting the APSC chairperson for his alleged involvement in corruption.

New Delhi Special Correspondent adds: Model-turned-actress Nibir Swapnam Shivam on Tuesday denied any link with the APSC scam and kingpin Rakesh Pal. The actress told the mediapersons here that she was reacting to attack against her in the social media, where her name has been dragged into the scam. She said she is going to take legal recourse and file case in this regard.

Replying to a question, she denied any relation with the APSC chairman, but admitted that absconding member of the APSC, Shamsher Ali, was known to her.

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