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APSC cash-for-jobs scam: Nine accused granted bail
The Guwahati High Court, on Thursday, granted bail to nine accused officers of the sensational Assam Public Service Commission's cash-for-jobs scam.

The accused, who had been lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail, were arrested on November 8, 2017, on charges of forgery in the Combined Competitive Examinations held by the APSC in 2015.

Among the accused four are suspended Assam Civil Service officers and others are Assam Police Service or allied service officers. The names of the accused, who have been granted bail, are Deepak Khanikar, Kunal Das, Sudipta Goswami, Gitali Doley, Sunayana Aideo, Rumi Saikia, Sabira Imran, Dilip Kumar Kalita and Badarul Islam.

The police had arrested 63 accused in the scam so far. On the other hand, in a dramatic turn of events, the police on Wednesday submitted an application in the Guwahati High Court seeking permission to quiz a judicial officer duo in connection with the scam.

Earlier, the police had unearthed a nexus of touts and some influential persons, who had allegedly tried to bribe the judiciary for securing bail for some accused in the cash-for-jobs scam. The police investigation revealed that two touts, who were already arrested and currently are behind the bars, had bribed a wife of a judicial officer with rupees one crore, around four months back.

The APSC cash-for-jobs scam came to light in 2016 after a dentist filed a case against its suspended chairman Rakesh Paul. Probing the scam, the police had arrested Paul along with two members of the Commission. The trio are currently lodged in jail.

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