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APSC cash-for-job scam: Arrest of judicial officers imminent
In what could be termed as a scar for the sterling image of the country's independent judiciary, arrest of judicial officers, reportedly, has become imminent for their alleged involvement with a nexus which had tried to secure bail for some gazetted officers arrested in the Assam Public Service Commission's cash-for-job scam case, by bribing the judiciary.

The police investigation into the case revealed that a group of touts and some influential people forging a nexus, had, allegedly, collected a huge amount of money from some arrested accused in the scam, promising bail, for bribing the judiciary.

Sailen Sarma Baruah and Dignata Choudhury, identified as kingpins of the nexus, handed a mysterious woman rupees 40 lakh, at a place of Udalguri district of the state, allegedly, for bribing the judiciary before they were arrested. Currently the matter is being looked into by the Guwahati High Court.

In the meanwhile, a judicial officer, reportedly, has been summoned by the high court to record his statement. A local newspaper has reported that District and Session Judge of Udalguri Prashanta Kumar Saikia on Friday evening recorded his statement before the high court. Justice Saikia was earlier posted as judge of the Special Court, Assam in Guwahati. He was transferred as District and Session Judge of Udalguri in May this year.

Sources revealed that a group of four puisne Justices including a woman judicial officer, allegedly, had co-operated the nexus in the nefarious plan. As soon as the matter came into light, the high court took strong notice of it, permitting the investigating police to take action against all who have been found involved with the nexus. Probing the scam, the police so far have arrested 66 accused including the APSC's suspended chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul.

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