GUWAHATI, April 11 - The State Government has requisitioned the services of Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi and Assistant Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta along with senior Supreme Court counsel KK Venugopal to counter the claim of bail for Rakesh Paul, the prime accused in the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
Affidavits were filed today before the apex court on behalf of the State Government opposing Paul�s release on bail.
Paul, the suspended chairman of the APSC, who had prayed for bail on the strength of two special leave petitions (SLPs), filed with the Supreme Court, has already engaged top-notch criminal lawyer Kapil Sibal to pursue his case.
Although the two SLPs came up for hearing and arguments were placed before the bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, the court after hearing both the sides refrained from passing any order, and instead fixed the matter for hearing after two weeks.
Earlier, Sibal sought time to file a rejoinder to counter the submissions placed by the State Government opposing Paul�s release on the strength of the SLPs.
Special public prosecutor BK Mahajan and assistant public prosecutor Nayan Das are camping in New Delhi to assist in preparation of the counter-affidavits in connection with the two SLPs.
The investigating officer of the case, Additional Superintendent of Police Surjeet Singh Panesar and Additional Superintendent of Police (Special Operation Unit) Subhasish Baruah were also present in the apex court today.