STAFF Reporter GUWAHATI, May 19 - Dibrugarh police, which has seized nearly 1,000 answer scripts from the strong room of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) here last night, is now zeroing in on the fake answer scripts out of them, which were reprinted by prime accused in the cash-for-job scam Rakesh Paul and company.Investigators are also trying to figure out as to how many of those fake answer scripts have handwritings of Paul or any other accused former members of the Commission.
A team of Dibrugarh police carrying the seized answer scripts in a trunk to produce before the Special Court in Guwahati on Friday. – UB Photos
Sources claimed that during the course of investigation, some fake answer scripts were identified where markings were done by Paul himself and the same has been corroborated by forensic experts.
After seizing the answer scripts, the investigators have started verification of the fake answer scripts which were not printed in the Government Press and instead were reprinted in the printing press owned by Rakesh Paul’s brother Rajesh Paul, who is still absconding.
Although the Dibrugarh Police was to seize 1,088 answer scripts, it could take only 990 of them into custody as the rest were under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Investigators exude confidence that many such fake answer scripts would emerge from the seized ones.
“Once the verification is done, it would bring to the fore many more names. It goes without saying that they (candidates) too will face similar fate as the three Assam Civil Service officials who were recently arrested,” sources said.
The answer scripts belong to those who appeared in the APSC 2014 examination conducted in 2015 (mains) and thereafter appointments were given in 2016.