Guwahati, June 11, 2019:­

In the recent development of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) cash-for-job scam row, one of the prime accused, Rakesh Gupta has been granted bail by a special court, on Tuesday

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Gupta was absconding for more than one-and-half year since an investigating team of Assam Police started arresting several serving ACS and APS officials for bribing the former APSC chairman Rakesh Paul.

Gupta surrendered before the Special Court on April 11. He was appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

It is learned that the Assam Government has completed all procedures to appoint a senior advocate of the Supreme Court Maninder Singh to fight the legal battle on behalf of the government.

Also Read: APSC cash-for-jobs scam accused may get back their jobs

The APSC scam includes many ‘big fish’. The then APSC chairman Rakesh Paul was arrested in November 2016, after a job aspirant lodged a complaint in Dibrugarh police station saying that Nabakanta Patir, an engineer, had offered her a government job through the APSC if she pays a bribe. Her complaint first led to the arrest of Patir and thereafter the then APSC chairman Rakesh Paul and other APSC members. Altogether 74 people have been arrested in connection with the case.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the APSC cash-for-job scam accused officials may get back their jobs due to Assam Government’s blunder in maintaining the proper departmental procedure while dismissing them from services.

The accused civil servants are now out of jail and confident of getting back their jobs.

They have already filed a PIL at the Gauhati High Court so that they are allowed to resume office. The Gauhati High Court bench headed by Justice N Koteshwar Singh has agreed to hear the plea on June 18.

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