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19 officials summoned in Assam job scam

Correspondent/IANS Diphu, Jul 16 | Publish Date: 7/17/2018 12:28:43 AM IST
Altogether 19 officials of Assam civil, police and allied services have been summoned by Dibrugarh Police for interrogation in the cash-for-job scam in Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
The 19 officers included- 13 ACS, 3 APS, 1 District Transport Officer, 1 Superintendent of Taxes and 1 Inspector of Taxes. The officials have been asked to be present before the inquiry officer on July 18 at 10 a.m.
One of the officers is the son of a former minister, sources added.
The main kingpin of the scam, Rakesh Paul, former chairman of APSC has been put behind bars and it was expected that more arrests will be made in this connection.
Meanwhile, according to IANS, the daughter of BJP’s Lok Sabha MP R.P. Sharma is among 19 government officials issued summons by the Assam Police in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam. The Dibrugarh police, which is probing the case, has asked these officials to appear at the Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara area here on July 18 to give their handwriting samples for forensics tests.
“Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.
The official said that police has already collected substantial evidence against the 19 for their alleged involvement in the job scam. Over 30 Assam civil and police as well as allied services officers have so far been arrested in the scam, apart from then APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, two commission members, and other officials.

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