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Rakesh Paul: From a notary to millionaire
Rituraj Borthakur
 GUWAHATI, Nov 5 - From owning four luxurious accommodations in the city, two commercials apartments to plots, flats and vehicles, disgraced chairman of Assam Public Service Commission Rakesh Paul had become a millionaire in just years of joining the constitutional body.

Paul was serving as a notary before being appointed as a member of the commission in 2008. He had been serving as a chairman of the commission since 2014.

Paul was presently residing on the ground floor of House No. 47, Shangrilla, Shaktigarh Path, Bhangagarh.

According to an earlier investigation by the Vigilance & Anti-Corruption bureau, he also owns the first floor of the Mandakini Apartment located opposite Das Service Station at Kalapahar.

His wife Sunanda Paul owns a flat at Borbora Niwas of Srimantapur in Bhangagarh.

Paul’s brother Rajib lives in a three-bedroom flat at Janakpur in Kahilipara, Guwahati.

Besides, Paul owns a furnished office measuring about 1000 sq ft at Talukdar Complex, Mazar Road, Bhangagarh and another commercial property measuring about 3000 sq ft at Labu Complex at Dakhingaon.

Anti-corruption officials said during investigations it was found that Paul’s two vehicles were being used by his brother.

The APSC chairman’s driver Sanjay Saha also resides in a well-furnished two-storeyed building located in the Lalganesh area.

Paul is also the owner of a huge plot at Sonapur in the outskirts of the city besides two flats in New Delhi.

According to inputs received by the Anti-Corruption officials, Paul also owns some property outside the State. The inputs also suggested that he had invested money in the construction business and through his brother in contract works.

“We got very little time to investigate the details of the property he owned. We could not do it thoroughly,” Superintendent of Police (Vigilance & Anti-Corruption) Mukul Saikia, who had conducted the investigations told The Assam Tribune today. “But today we are happy that the objective of the investigation we did then has been met now,” Saikia, who was reinstated to the post by the high court after he was transferred during the course of that probe, added.

The Anti-Corruption bureau had submitted the list of Paul’s properties to the Gauhati High Court – in connection with a PIL filed by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity on anomalies in the APSC. The high court had ordered two separate probes, one by the CBI into the alleged disproportionate assets of Paul and another by a retired judge into the anomalies in the commission. The Supreme Court, however, stayed the high court order. The case is still pending before the apex court.

Originally from Baghmara along the Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, Paul, after his completing his BA LLB at NEHU and LLM in Guwahati had joined as an advocate in a lower court here in 1988, before moving to Gauhati High Court in 1990. He had also served as a legal faculty in two institutions for a brief period.

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