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GUWAHATI, Jan 6 - The hearing into the bail applications of all the prime accused in the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) remained inconclusive today following which the Gauhati High Court has fixed January 10 as the next date of hearing.

Along with that of Rakesh Kumar Paul�s, three more bail applications of other co-accused Nabakanta Patir, Samedur Rahman and Basanta Kumar Doley were heard by the court.

A pre-arrest bail application was also moved for Sudip Das, who is wanted in connection with the cash-for-jobs scam.

Along with the other advocates representing for the accused, the counsel for former APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, senior advocate Niloy Dutta, who also happens to be the Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, argued before the court seeking Paul�s release on bail.

The defence counsels argued that as the amendment brought in Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act vis-�-vis the detention period (90 days) has not been notified in the central gazette, the accused should be granted bail after the expiry of 60 days in detention.

Special public prosecutor Bijon Mahajan assisted by additional special public prosecutors Nayan Das and Pranab Das, however, opposed the bail applications reasoning that the accused released on bail might hamper the course of investigation.

Investigators, meanwhile, sought further time for production of the case diary and the same has been granted by the court. The date for submission of the case diary has also been fixed for January 10.

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Hearing on bail pleas inconclusive

GUWAHATI, Jan 6 - The hearing into the bail applications of all the prime accused in the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) remained inconclusive today following which the Gauhati High Court has fixed January 10 as the next date of hearing.

Along with that of Rakesh Kumar Paul�s, three more bail applications of other co-accused Nabakanta Patir, Samedur Rahman and Basanta Kumar Doley were heard by the court.

A pre-arrest bail application was also moved for Sudip Das, who is wanted in connection with the cash-for-jobs scam.

Along with the other advocates representing for the accused, the counsel for former APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, senior advocate Niloy Dutta, who also happens to be the Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, argued before the court seeking Paul�s release on bail.

The defence counsels argued that as the amendment brought in Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act vis-�-vis the detention period (90 days) has not been notified in the central gazette, the accused should be granted bail after the expiry of 60 days in detention.

Special public prosecutor Bijon Mahajan assisted by additional special public prosecutors Nayan Das and Pranab Das, however, opposed the bail applications reasoning that the accused released on bail might hamper the course of investigation.

Investigators, meanwhile, sought further time for production of the case diary and the same has been granted by the court. The date for submission of the case diary has also been fixed for January 10.