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GUWAHATI, June 7 - Investigators probing the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) have pointed out that it is the originality (printing source) of the seized answer scripts and not candidates� handwriting which they are banking on to get deeper into the scam, even as Hemanta Hillol Saikia, another Assam Police Service (APS) officer currently posted in Jorhat, has also been summoned for questioning on June 9.

Saikia, a former television journalist, who is an under-probation Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), was named by Rakesh Paul during recording of his statements before the Dibrugarh Police.

The development has now fuelled speculation that several other journalists and media personalities may also face the heat in the coming days.

The sources stated that Paul, during his questioning, had confessed that the former journalist had received kickbacks from him. Paul had reportedly also named a number of other journalists, along with a media baron, who had received cash benefits from him.

The sources stated that along with Saikia, several other journalists who acted as links between Paul and the candidates could be questioned to corroborate the facts.

Dibrugarh Police has already issued summons to 25 government officials who allegedly secured jobs through the payment of cash.

�Handwriting may or may not match. But we doubt that answer scripts were not printed in the government press, but somewhere else,� the sources added.

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Probationer DSP called for interrogation

GUWAHATI, June 7 - Investigators probing the cash-for-jobs scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) have pointed out that it is the originality (printing source) of the seized answer scripts and not candidates� handwriting which they are banking on to get deeper into the scam, even as Hemanta Hillol Saikia, another Assam Police Service (APS) officer currently posted in Jorhat, has also been summoned for questioning on June 9.

Saikia, a former television journalist, who is an under-probation Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), was named by Rakesh Paul during recording of his statements before the Dibrugarh Police.

The development has now fuelled speculation that several other journalists and media personalities may also face the heat in the coming days.

The sources stated that Paul, during his questioning, had confessed that the former journalist had received kickbacks from him. Paul had reportedly also named a number of other journalists, along with a media baron, who had received cash benefits from him.

The sources stated that along with Saikia, several other journalists who acted as links between Paul and the candidates could be questioned to corroborate the facts.

Dibrugarh Police has already issued summons to 25 government officials who allegedly secured jobs through the payment of cash.

�Handwriting may or may not match. But we doubt that answer scripts were not printed in the government press, but somewhere else,� the sources added.