APSC Recruitment Scam: Rakesh Paul's Bail Plea Rejected Again

During the hearing of his bail application, the court reportedly noted that it was not the correct time to grant his bail.
Rakesh Paul is the prime accused in the APSC recruitment scam
Rakesh Paul is the prime accused in the APSC recruitment scamFILE

The bail plea of Rakesh Paul, was rejected again on Wednesday in connection with the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) recruitment scam.

The bail plea of Rakesh Paul, prime accused in the cash-for-jobs scam in the APSC, was rejected for the seventh time by the special judge’s court.

According to reports, Rakesh Paul had sought bail in the case filed at the Bhangagarh Police Station regarding the Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) bribery case.

Meanwhile, it has come to the fore that Paul has been granted bail in connection with three other cases against him.

During the hearing of his bail application, the court reportedly noted that it was not the correct time to grant his bail.

In the meantime, the case is subjudice in the fast track court.

It may be noted that one of the two candidates for the post of ADO, Bedanta Bikash Das had admitted to having paid Rs 50,000 as bribe to the then APSC Chairman Rakesh Paul to gain recruitment.

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However, he did not get the post after which he filed a case at the Bhangagarh Police Station against the other candidate, Mrigen Haloi and asked for appropriate action against him.

Earlier in September this year, Rakesh Paul’s bail plea had been rejected for the sixth time by the special judge’s court in connection with the APSC recruitment scam.

Advocate Makhan Phukan had represented the government and presented facts to the court regarding the matter. The HC had directed to lower court to complete his trial within six months.

Last year, he was granted bail in the case filed by the CID. Rakesh Pal, the former chairman of APSC, had been arrested in November 2016 and spent over five years in prison.

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