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GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Although Dibrugarh police probing the cash-for-job scam has alleged that a judicial officer and his wife were paid Rs 1 crore for getting favourable judgement for the scam accused, investigators are yet to get a nod to question the husband-wife duo in this connection.

Dibrugarh police, in its latest chargesheet, had stated that a judicial officer was paid Rs 1 crore through his wife, although it refrained from naming the judicial officer and his wife. The money, according to Assam Police sources, was paid somewhere in Udalguri district.

Dibrugarh police, after filing the chargesheet last month, had written to the office of the Director General of Police, which was subsequently forwarded to the Gauhati High Court.

�The response from the Gauhati High Court is still awaited. The sooner it comes, the better it is for the investigating agency. Their statements would make several aspects of the case crystal clear,� sources said.

The sources, meanwhile, stated that the Gauhati High Court will take a decision on the permission sought only after the new Chief Justice takes over on October 29.

Investigators had alleged that two accused � Surajit Choudhury and advocate Sailendra Sarma Baruah � collected money from the guardians of the arrested accused with an aim to bribe the judicial officer in question.

�There are enough evidence that both Choudhury and Baruah conspired to bribe the judicial officer and that is why it is important for the investigators to corroborate statements by questioning both the judicial officer and his wife,� sources said.

Meanwhile, a section of lawyers is of the opinion that until and unless the money trail is established, it would be virtually impossible to indict the judicial officer or his wife. �The act may backfire for the investigating agency instead,� sources added.

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Police yet to get HC nod for grilling judicial officer, wife

GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Although Dibrugarh police probing the cash-for-job scam has alleged that a judicial officer and his wife were paid Rs 1 crore for getting favourable judgement for the scam accused, investigators are yet to get a nod to question the husband-wife duo in this connection.

Dibrugarh police, in its latest chargesheet, had stated that a judicial officer was paid Rs 1 crore through his wife, although it refrained from naming the judicial officer and his wife. The money, according to Assam Police sources, was paid somewhere in Udalguri district.

Dibrugarh police, after filing the chargesheet last month, had written to the office of the Director General of Police, which was subsequently forwarded to the Gauhati High Court.

�The response from the Gauhati High Court is still awaited. The sooner it comes, the better it is for the investigating agency. Their statements would make several aspects of the case crystal clear,� sources said.

The sources, meanwhile, stated that the Gauhati High Court will take a decision on the permission sought only after the new Chief Justice takes over on October 29.

Investigators had alleged that two accused � Surajit Choudhury and advocate Sailendra Sarma Baruah � collected money from the guardians of the arrested accused with an aim to bribe the judicial officer in question.

�There are enough evidence that both Choudhury and Baruah conspired to bribe the judicial officer and that is why it is important for the investigators to corroborate statements by questioning both the judicial officer and his wife,� sources said.

Meanwhile, a section of lawyers is of the opinion that until and unless the money trail is established, it would be virtually impossible to indict the judicial officer or his wife. �The act may backfire for the investigating agency instead,� sources added.

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