Diphu treasury scam: Amarendra Sarma arrested, to be brought to Diphu today

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DIPHU/GUWAHATI, May 20: Almost 50 days after an FIR was lodged against him, treasury officer of Diphu Treasury, Amarendra Sarma was arrested by police from Chaudhury Villa near Dispur here on Monday.

Sarma will be brought to Diphu on Tuesday after getting transit remand from the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Kamrup (metro) in Guwahati, a senior police official said.

Sarma was suspended from his post on April 10 on the basis of report of Karbi Anglong deputy commissioner Mukul Kumar Saikia on massive anomalies committed by the treasury officer in releasing the March ending bills to the government departments and contractors.

The deputy commissioner has lodged an FIR against Sarma and seven of his staff with Diphu police station and sealed the treasury office on April 1. This has led to recovery of Rs. 5,56,100 from the secret chamber of the treasury officer by a tram of police, magistrate and officials of directorate of finance and accounts on April 2.

Additional SP Indranil Baruah and magistrate Norsing Bey and Romen Chakraborty from the directorate of accounts & treasuries and Dispur-based senior FAO (PCCF) Sarat Teron carried out search inside every room of the treasury office.

Even as the police have arrested three of the employees, the treasury officer Amarendra Sarma continued to evade the arrest.

It has been alleged that the treasury officer Amarendra Sarma had allegedly demanded upto 3 per cent from each contractor for clearing the March-ending bill in the treasury on March 31 forcing the deputy commissioner to seal the treasury.

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