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Arrested official gets bail

Silchar, July 9: A recently retired Assam Civil Service official was arrested from Calcutta today by a team of Cachar police on charges of swindling about Rs 1.5 crore meant for Cachar zilla parishad.

Official sources in Calcutta said Cachar police had sought her transit remand after she was produced at a Barasat court this evening but she was granted bail.

Bahnisikha Dutta, 60, allegedly siphoned off the money when she was working as the chief executive officer of the zilla parishad, just on the eve of her retirement on February 28 this year. The amount was withdrawn from branches of State Bank of India and Union Bank of India here after presenting separate cheques.

Cachar additional deputy commissioner S.K. Das filed four FIRs against Dutta in Silchar (Sadar) police station by in May this year, after the case of alleged embezzlement of government funds came to light. Her arrest came in the wake of the rejection of her bail pleas in Gauhati High Court and the Supreme Court.

A senior district official said separate investigations into the case by the district police and administration had thrown light on her crime.

South Assam deputy inspector-general of police Vinod Kumar and Cachar superintendent of police Diganta Bora said her arrest was delayed as she went to Calcutta, where she has an apartment in Rajarhat, immediately after her alleged corrupt practices were discovered in course of the police investigation.