Cash-for-job scam : Assam Govt sacks 13 ‘officers’

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GUWAHATI, June 20 : Assam government on Wednesday dismissed 13 Assam Civil Service (ACS) officers of 2013 batch from their service with immediate effect for allegedly bribing their way into the elite state civil services.

Earlier, the government suspended the 13 ACS officers, who were arrested in connection with the cash-for-job scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).

On Wednesday, the personnel department issued notification discharging all 13 arrested officers from their services. The officers, who have been discharged are – Dipak Khanikar, Dwithun Borgoyary, Debajit Bora, Pallabi Sarma Choudhury, Anirudhya Roy, Himangshu Choudhury, Kunal Das, Kamal Debnath, Geetali Doley, Badrul Islam Choudhury, Rajarshi Sen Deka, Rumi Saikia and Nishamoni Deka.

Notably, the government had suspended 24 officers of Assam Civil Service (ACS), Assam Police Service (APS) and other allied services and discharged three other ACS officers, who were arrested by the Dibrugarh police in connection with the scam.

The police have already arrested 34 government officers in connection with the scam. The entire scam came to the light following the arrest of an engineer  Naba Kanta Patir on bribery charges  on October 27 in 2016.

Following the incident, the police registered a case at Dibrugarh police station (case no 936/16) and arrested former chairman of APSC Rakesh Paul from Guwahati and later arrested few more persons including former members of APSC Samedur Rahman, Basanta Doley, Pabitra Kaiborta, Musharaf Hussain, Mabud Ali Choudhury, three ACS officers Bhaskarjyoti Dev Sharma, Bhaskar Dutta and Amit Sharma.

The investigating team had also grilled several officers of Assam Civil Service (ACS), Assam Police Service (APS) and other allied services for their alleged involvement with the scam.

On August 31 last year, the Gauhati High Court had granted bail to 10 accused persons including three Assam Civil Service (ACS) officials, who were arrested in connection with the cash-for-job scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).

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