Assam cash-for-jobs scam: Government officials summoned in state


GUWAHATI, July 16, 2018:

On Sunday, around nineteen state government official working in various government sector in state were summoned by Dibrugarh police for the investigation into the cash-for-job Assam Public Service Commission(APSC) scam.

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13 officials from Assam Civil Service, three from state police, including the daughter of Tezpur MP Ram Prasad Sarmah, Pallavi Sharma, have been asked to appear before the investigating team at 10am at special branch (SB) headquarters in Guwahati on Wednesday. The others include one superintendent of taxes, one inspector of taxes and district transport officer of Kamrup (metro) Suranjita Hazarika.

Dibrugarh, Additional superintendent of police, Surjeet Singh Panesar, who is heading the investigation told the media, "The summons were issued on Saturday."

He also added, "We have detected anomalies in the answer scripts of these officers. They will have to take a handwriting test."

Panesar said, "The summoned officers appeared for the Combined Competitive Examination-14 in 2014 and were given appointments in 2016."

The summoned officers are Utpal Bhuyan, Barnali Das, Susovan Das, Dhruvojyoti Chakraboty, Manzoor Ilahi Laskar, Moon Mazoomdar, Mustafa Ahmed Borbhuyan, Md Saibur Rahman Borbhuyan, Monika Teronpi, Ganesh Chandra Das, Srabanti Sen Gupta, Deepsikha Phukan, Leena Krishna Kakati, all ACS officers, Rhituraj Neog (superintendent of taxes), Nipon Kumar Pathak (inspector of taxes), Gulshan Daolagpu, Pallavi Sarmah, Bhargav Phukan, all Assam Police Service (junior grade) officers and Kamrup (metro) DTO Suranjita Hazarika.

Suranjita Hazarika said, "I have heard from the media that I have been summoned in the APSC scam. I have not received any summons so far."

At-least, nine state government officials in February, were summoned and were made to sit for a handwriting test. Altogether 44 government officials have been arrested while two are absconding.

The arrest includes 36 ACS officers, three APSC officers, one personal security officer of state police and one engineer besides clerical staff.

Source: The Telegraph

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