GUWAHATI, March 7 � In a major development which may open the lid of many high-profile corruption cases involving public servants, the Court of Special Judge, Assam (Guwahati) has directed the Chief Minister�s Special Vigilance Cell, Vigilance and Anti Corruption wing of Assam Police and the Criminal Investigation Department to file chargesheet against 255 such accused persons within 10 days, even if prosecution sanctions against them were not obtained. Those against whom chargesheet are be filed includes six IAS officers, a former APSC Chairman and 16 ACS officers.
The IAS officers include Alok Khera (the then DC, Hailakandi), Mahat Chandra Brahma (the then DC, Dhemaji), Ajoy Sankar Tiwary then DC, Morigaon), Gayatri Baruah (then DC, Dhubri) and H Narzary (then DC Tinsukia). A section of the accused IAS and ACS officers are still serving.
The court, in its order, has asked the SPs of the respective police wings to ensure strict compliance of the order by the investigating police officers, informed Golap Sarma, Special Public Prosecutor in the Court of Special Court, Assam.
The court directed the respective investigating officers to file the charge sheet against all the public servants in ten days, the prosecution sanction against whom have been kept on hold for more than three months. The 255 accused were indicted in 21 different cases of corruption dating back from 2007 to 2010 and the prosecution sanctions from the government were awaited.
The order was passed on Tuesday in view of the recent order by Supreme Court of India, where the apex court had empowered the investigating agencies to file the charge sheet if the prosecution sanction is not issued within three months after the case is registered.