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GUWAHATI, Feb 26 - Former Congress minister Gautam Roy will be grilled tomorrow by a team of investigators probing the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) even as the arrested former chairman Rakesh Paul and other key accused in the case are contemplating to file bail petitions in the Supreme Court.

Among the first to move the apex court was arrested member Basanta Kumar Doley. However, his application for bail was withdrawn by his counsel under �mysterious� circumstances.

Roy will be questioned at the Special Operation Unit (SOU) police station in the Assam Police�s Special Branch headquarters at Kahilipara here tomorrow by a team led by investigating officer of the case, Surjeet Singh Panesar. Sources said Roy has been asked to report at the SOU police station around 11 am.

With the investigators expected to file the supplementary chargesheet any time soon, some more big names could face questioning of the Dibrugarh police probing the scam, sources stated.

�Roy may be questioned regarding his alleged involvement in facilitating payment of huge amount of money to other Congress higher-ups by former APSC chairman Rakesh Paul. Besides, he himself was allegedly one of the beneficiaries of such monetary gains,� sources claimed.

However, special public prosecutor BK Mahajan, when contacted, remained noncommittal on the issue of Roy being questioned, saying that the matter was within the domain of the investigating agency, and only the investigating officer could react on that.

Roy is even believed to be one of the persons responsible for Paul�s nomination as the member of the APSC and his subsequent elevation to the top post.

The investigators of the cash-for-job scam had earlier issued summons to the former Congress minister, who was also questioned recently in connection with a multi-crore-rupee scam in the Social Welfare department.

�As far our information, Roy has already reached Guwahati,� sources stated.

Meanwhile, the Congress camp has opted to reserve its reaction on the development for the time being.

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Gautam Roy to be grilled today

GUWAHATI, Feb 26 - Former Congress minister Gautam Roy will be grilled tomorrow by a team of investigators probing the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) even as the arrested former chairman Rakesh Paul and other key accused in the case are contemplating to file bail petitions in the Supreme Court.

Among the first to move the apex court was arrested member Basanta Kumar Doley. However, his application for bail was withdrawn by his counsel under �mysterious� circumstances.

Roy will be questioned at the Special Operation Unit (SOU) police station in the Assam Police�s Special Branch headquarters at Kahilipara here tomorrow by a team led by investigating officer of the case, Surjeet Singh Panesar. Sources said Roy has been asked to report at the SOU police station around 11 am.

With the investigators expected to file the supplementary chargesheet any time soon, some more big names could face questioning of the Dibrugarh police probing the scam, sources stated.

�Roy may be questioned regarding his alleged involvement in facilitating payment of huge amount of money to other Congress higher-ups by former APSC chairman Rakesh Paul. Besides, he himself was allegedly one of the beneficiaries of such monetary gains,� sources claimed.

However, special public prosecutor BK Mahajan, when contacted, remained noncommittal on the issue of Roy being questioned, saying that the matter was within the domain of the investigating agency, and only the investigating officer could react on that.

Roy is even believed to be one of the persons responsible for Paul�s nomination as the member of the APSC and his subsequent elevation to the top post.

The investigators of the cash-for-job scam had earlier issued summons to the former Congress minister, who was also questioned recently in connection with a multi-crore-rupee scam in the Social Welfare department.

�As far our information, Roy has already reached Guwahati,� sources stated.

Meanwhile, the Congress camp has opted to reserve its reaction on the development for the time being.