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22 arrested officers get bail
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Oct 11 - The Gauhati High Court today allowed another 22 accused in the cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) to go on bail.

The Court, however, has deferred the hearing on the bail petition of suspended chairman of the APSC, Rakesh Paul, till Friday.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has today registered a case against suspended chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Rakesh Paul for accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a candidate named Dhrubajyoti Baishya.

The CID had registered a case under Sections 120 (b)/420 and section 7/13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act based on a FIR lodged by Sun Kumar Baishya, the uncle of the candidate. The case was registered in the Court of Special Judge, Assam here today.

Some of the accused who were allowed to go on bail includes Rituraj Neog, Monika Terongpi, Bornali Devi, Leena Krishna Kakoti, Manjir Ilahi Laskar, Saibur Rahman Borbhuyan, Ganesh Chandra Das, Bonti Sengupta, Daithun Borgiari, Gulshan Daolagapu, Pallabi Sarma, Sushuban Das, Mustafa Ahmed Borbhuyan, Manash Pratim Haloi, Dipshika Phukan, Moon Mazumdar and Bhargav Phukan.

Although sources informed that the 22 accused were allowed to go on bail on parity ground, a section of others alleged that the State has not been able to put their stand in the right perspective especially vis-à-vis those who were arrested less than three months back.

Of the 22 accused who were allowed to go on bail, 15 were arrested on July 18.

Further, the Court has also reserved the order on the bail petitions filed by three other accused including Pallabi Sarma Choudhury, Jaydeb Mahanta and Nishamoni Deka.

So far, 41 government servants, including the ACS and APS, has been released on bail.

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