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CID assesses property of accused

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 20 � The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has ascertained the size of property owned by all the 16 officials accused in the multi-crore-rupee teachers� appointment scam in the State education department.

The details of the assessment would be furnished before the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday.

The court had earlier directed the investigation agency to confiscate the assets owned by the listed accused.

Sources further informed that steps are likely to be initiated to ascertain whether the officials own assets proportionate to their known sources of income.

The CID, according to sources, is also likely to plead for prosecution sanctions against the five senior education department officials once again during the next hearing.

The five accused include four former directors of State Elementary Education namely Joy Chandra Goswami, Mohsin Ali, Hementa Kumar Sarma, and Bolendra Kumar Das. Indreswar Bora, former district elementary education officer, is the other accused against whom the prosecution sanction is yet to be issued.

Of the 16 education department officials listed by the investigation agency, prosecution sanctions against 11 had been issued.

The multi-crore rupee scam which came to the fore in 2007 unearthed siphoning off of several crore rupees from 1989 to 2007 in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.

More than 752 teachers were appointed against 35 sanctioned posts in 1989 in the elementary education department.

Though, of the 752 appointments, 717 posts were terminated in 2002, salaries against all those dismissed teachers were being drawn till 2007.

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CID assesses property of accused

GUWAHATI, March 20 � The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has ascertained the size of property owned by all the 16 officials accused in the multi-crore-rupee teachers� appointment scam in the State education department.

The details of the assessment would be furnished before the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday.

The court had earlier directed the investigation agency to confiscate the assets owned by the listed accused.

Sources further informed that steps are likely to be initiated to ascertain whether the officials own assets proportionate to their known sources of income.

The CID, according to sources, is also likely to plead for prosecution sanctions against the five senior education department officials once again during the next hearing.

The five accused include four former directors of State Elementary Education namely Joy Chandra Goswami, Mohsin Ali, Hementa Kumar Sarma, and Bolendra Kumar Das. Indreswar Bora, former district elementary education officer, is the other accused against whom the prosecution sanction is yet to be issued.

Of the 16 education department officials listed by the investigation agency, prosecution sanctions against 11 had been issued.

The multi-crore rupee scam which came to the fore in 2007 unearthed siphoning off of several crore rupees from 1989 to 2007 in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts.

More than 752 teachers were appointed against 35 sanctioned posts in 1989 in the elementary education department.

Though, of the 752 appointments, 717 posts were terminated in 2002, salaries against all those dismissed teachers were being drawn till 2007.