GUWAHATI, July 15 - Dibrugarh Police, probing the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), has issued summons to 19 State Government officials, including the daughter of sitting Member of Parliament (MP) RP Sharma, to undergo handwriting test after forensic reports indicated wrongdoings on their part.
The officials have been asked to appear for the written test on July 18 at the Assam Police's Special Branch headquarters at Kahilipara after which the specimen of their handwriting would be sent to the forensic laboratory for corroboration. They will be questioned on the same day.
The investigators had earlier seized the copies of answer scripts of these officers and found discrepancies.
Those served noticed include 13 Assam Civil Service (ACS), three Assam Police Service (APS), a District Transport Officer and two tax officers.
The ACS officers are Utpal Bhuyan, Barnali Das, Susovan Das, Dhruvojyoti Chakraborty, Manzoor Ilahi Laskar, Moon Mazoomdar, Mustafa Ahmed Borbhuyan, Md Saibur Rahman Borbhuyan, Monika Teronpi, Ganesh Chandra Das, Srabanti Sen Gupta, Deepsikha Phukan and Leena Krishna Kakati. The APS officials in question are Gulshan Daolagapu, Pallavi Sharma and Bhargav Phukan.
Rhituraj Neog, Superintendent of Taxes and Nipon Kumar Pathak, Inspector of Taxes, are the two other officials who have been served notice along with Suranjita Hazarika, the Guwahati-based District Transport Officer.
Investigating officer of the case Surjeet Singh Panesar told The Assam Tribune that the officers have been asked to come to the SB headquarters at 10 am.
Till date, 35 State Government officers have been arrested in connection with the cash-for-job scam. The accused had allegedly secured the job by paying huge amount of money to suspended chairman Rakesh Paul and other functionaries of the APSC.
Meanwhile, when contacted, BJP MP RP Sharma termed the entire development as �politically motivated�.
�My daughter has no link with this. This is a political conspiracy against me as the elections are approaching,� said Sharma while talking to The Assam Tribune.
�I do not think it can make a long-term impact on my political career. Of course, it can only inflict temporary setback,� Sharma said.