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GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - The Court of Special Judge, Assam today allowed former chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Kumar Paul to be re-arrested (shown arrest) in response to a prayer by Bhangagarh police.

Paul, the prime accused in the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Police today prayed for Paul�s arrest on the strength of the Bhangagarh police station case number 159/17 under sections 120 B/420/468 IPC read with Sections 7/13 (i) (a) (d) (3) /2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The FIR was lodged by one Bedanta Bikash Das of Tezpur today wherein the complainant stated that he had appeared in the 2014 APSC examination but was asked to pay Rs 15 lakh to secure the post of Agricultural Development Officer by Paul and his associate Mussaraf Hussain.

He even stated that he had paid Rs 50,000 to Paul as advance at Satsang Vihar premises at Bhangagarh.

The complainant in his FIR also alleged that the Public Information Officer of the APSC provided contradictory replies to his queries vis-�-vis marks secured by a particular candidate.

Further, production warrant has also been issued as per which Paul will be produced before the Court of Special Judge, Assam on August 18. There is every possibility that police will seek maximum police remand for assisting the investigation of the case.

Asked whether such arrest in a different case is contrary to the law, special public prosecutor of the case BK Mahajan stated that justification of such arrest is there in the apex court�s order granting bail to Paul, which reads as follows.

�We make it clear that this does not prohibit or otherwise prevent the arrest or re-arrest of the petitioner on cogent grounds in respect of the subject charge and upon arrest or re-arrest, the petitioner is entitled to petition for grant of regular bail which application should be considered on its own merit. We also make it clear that this will not impact on the arrest of the petitioner in any other case.

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Court orders re-arrest of Rakesh Paul

GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - The Court of Special Judge, Assam today allowed former chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Kumar Paul to be re-arrested (shown arrest) in response to a prayer by Bhangagarh police.

Paul, the prime accused in the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Police today prayed for Paul�s arrest on the strength of the Bhangagarh police station case number 159/17 under sections 120 B/420/468 IPC read with Sections 7/13 (i) (a) (d) (3) /2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The FIR was lodged by one Bedanta Bikash Das of Tezpur today wherein the complainant stated that he had appeared in the 2014 APSC examination but was asked to pay Rs 15 lakh to secure the post of Agricultural Development Officer by Paul and his associate Mussaraf Hussain.

He even stated that he had paid Rs 50,000 to Paul as advance at Satsang Vihar premises at Bhangagarh.

The complainant in his FIR also alleged that the Public Information Officer of the APSC provided contradictory replies to his queries vis-�-vis marks secured by a particular candidate.

Further, production warrant has also been issued as per which Paul will be produced before the Court of Special Judge, Assam on August 18. There is every possibility that police will seek maximum police remand for assisting the investigation of the case.

Asked whether such arrest in a different case is contrary to the law, special public prosecutor of the case BK Mahajan stated that justification of such arrest is there in the apex court�s order granting bail to Paul, which reads as follows.

�We make it clear that this does not prohibit or otherwise prevent the arrest or re-arrest of the petitioner on cogent grounds in respect of the subject charge and upon arrest or re-arrest, the petitioner is entitled to petition for grant of regular bail which application should be considered on its own merit. We also make it clear that this will not impact on the arrest of the petitioner in any other case.

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