Even as the investigation into the alleged cash-for-jobs scandal in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) continues to unfold a number of malpractices that were going on in the Commission in selecting officers for the state government, the police in the wee hours of Saturday arrested Pabitra Kaibarta, the assistant controller of examinations of the organization here.
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The police also recovered a sum of Rs 10 lakh in cash from Kaibarta’s residence in Hengerabari here. With the arrest of Kaibarta, as many as five APSC officials including chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul and member Samedur Rahman are now in custody of the police. Another member of the APSC – Basanta Kumar Doley – who had landed in a controversy after asking his peon to destroy by burning a heap of papers from his office chamber a day after Paul was arrested, meanwhile has proceeded on leave.
While Kaibarta has been identified as a key associate of arrested APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul in connecting to candidates appearing for various recruitment examinations conducted by the APSC for allegedly collecting bribes against “assured” jobs, he had allegedly also got gazette posts for about half-a-dozen close relatives in the past few years, a police officer said.
The police late Friday night also picked up the wife of Rakesh Kumar Paul’s younger brother. While Paul’s brother has disappeared, the police have raided his printing press and recovered some question papers and answer scripts from the premises. On Saturday, the police also carried out a search in a flat owned by Rakesh Kumar Paul’s wife and recovered some answer scripts and tabulation sheets apart from Rs 10 lakh in cash.