Former APSC Chairman granted bail in cash for jobs scam

Guwahati: A special court in Assam on Thursday ordered framing of charges against former APSC chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul in the 2014 cash-for-job scam.

Special Judge, Assam Dipak Thakuria ordered that the charges be framed under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13 (2) (public servant committing criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Based on an FIR filed by one Shon Kumar Baishya, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had registered a case against Paul, the then Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman, for allegedly taking bribe for civil service examination selection for the year 2014.

The CID had filed a chargesheet against Paul, which was registered as special case number 4/2021 by the Special Judges Court.

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Paul, who was appointed as the APSC chairman in 2013, was arrested in November 2016 after the police found his alleged involvement in taking bribes in lieu of providing jobs to civil services aspirants.

Besides Paul, nearly 70 people, including 55 civil service officers, were arrested since 2016 when the scam was unearthed by the police.

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