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Friday , April 21 , 2017

Court grants bail to Paul

Rakesh Kumar Paul

Guwahati, April 20: The special court, Assam, today granted bail to suspended chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Kumar Paul, in a case of alleged corruption registered at Dispur police station as police failed to file a chargesheet within 90 days.

Paul, however, will remain in judicial custody as his bail application in another case is pending in the Supreme Court.

He was produced in the court today.

Public prosecutor Maini Gogoi told The Telegraph that the special court granted the bail after Paul told the court that it was 90 days of his arrest and a chargesheet has not been filed.

So the court ordered his release on bail in the case under Section 157 CrPc.

Paul was arrested on November 4 in another case registered at Dibrugarh police station following the arrest of assistant engineer of the town and country planning department, Dibrugarh, Nabakanta Patir, on October 27.

Patir was allegedly caught red-handed by Dibrugarh police while accepting Rs 10 lakh from a job aspirant, Anshumita Gogoi, at his rented house in Dibrugarh. Two other members of the APSC, Samedur Rahman and Basanta Kumar Doley, assistant controller of examination Pabitra Koibarta and three other employees of commission were also arrested in the case.

In January, Arup Kumar Nath, a job aspirant, had filed a case at Dispur police station alleging that he had paid Rs 3 lakh to Paul in 2012 as first instalment for a job.

Paul was arrested in the case on January 20 under Section 420 and 406 of IPC and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Sources said investigating officer of the case, Sujit Kumar Saikia, an assistant commissioner of police, could not file the chargesheet as the incident had happened in 2012 and there was no evidence to prove the allegation of the complainant.

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