Ex-DIG PK Dutta has been arrested from Kakarbhitta area along Indo-Nepal border in the wee hours on Tuesday, sources say Credit: Twitter Image

Guwahati: Prime suspect in the Assam police SI recruitment case, former deputy inspector general (DIG) PK Dutta has been tested COVID-19 negative during the Antigen Test conducted at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) here on Wednesday. He will be produced before the court later in the day, sources say.

Dutta, who was taken to the CID headquarters by a high-level team of Assam Police from the Kakarbhitta area along the Indo-Nepal border in the wee hours on Wednesday, was being continuously interrogated and on the basis of his statements, one of Dutta’s relatives has also been taken to the CID headquarters on Wednesday morning, sources say.

Meanwhile, former DIG Dutta was taken to the MMCH to conduct his regular medical check up on Wednesday morning. Sources also said that he will be produced before the court probably after the lunch time on Wednesday.

Earlier, he was arrested by the Special Branch of Darjeeling district on Tuesday. Dutta was arrested while he was on his way to Assam with his son-in-law and son, as per reports

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According to reports, sleuths of CID had been tracking the whereabouts of former Assam Police DIG for the last three days in Nepal which led to the arrest on Tuesday.

Dutta was on run since the cash-for-jobs scam was unveiled after reports of exam paper leak surfaced within minutes of convening the exam on September 20.

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Meanwhile, another prime accused in the Assam SI recruitment exam paper leak case and suspended BJP leader, Diban Deka, has been sent for another six days of judicial custody as ordered by the chief judicial magistrate court in Guwahati on Tuesday evening, according to reports.

As per sources, crime branch had requested to keep Deka for seven days under custody pertaining threat to his life. However, the court has extended the custody by another six days.

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