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CBI starts probe into Rakesh Paul’s assets
Sanjoy Ray
 GUWAHATI, June 14 - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun the investigation into the disproportionate assets case against suspended chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul.

As part of the investigation, a three-member team of the CBI has collected a list of moveable and immoveable assets from various sources, besides collecting the up-to-date seizure list from the Dibrugarh Police, which is probing the cash-for-job scam in the APSC.

The seizure list received from Dibrugarh Police features huge amount of cash, bank passbooks and documents pertaining to investments made in different sectors by Paul, who is currently in judicial custody.

“Not just Paul, properties owned by his wife and brother and other close relatives would also be brought under the purview of the probe. The CBI team has also secured the documents of possession of plots of land owned by Paul and his family members, along with other benami properties,” sources told The Assam Tribune.

Sources further divulged that the CBI team, which included officials from New Delhi, also collected the copies of the chargesheets filed by Dibrugarh Police so far in connection with the case. Dibrugarh Police has, till date, filed five chargesheets in connection with the scam.

Paul, in his capacity as the chairman of the APSC, is alleged to have amassed assets disproportionate to his known source of income by providing government jobs to the aspiring candidates against payment of huge amount of money.

The Gauhati High Court had passed the order based on petitions filed by KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and others.

Later, the Supreme Court of India too dismissed Paul’s plea wherein he challenged the High Court’s order.

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