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Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Cash-for-Job Scam: Special Investigation Team Formed Amid High Court Concerns

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In a significant development regarding the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) cash-for-job scam, the State Government has taken a crucial step by establishing a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to intensify the ongoing probe. This SIT, headed by a senior IPS officer, MP Gupta, has been constituted following concerns expressed by the Gauhati High Court over the investigation’s scope. It was noted that certain candidates were left out of the initial probe.

Additional Advocate General Nalin Kohli assured that there is no intention to shield anyone, emphasizing transparency and thorough investigation. The SIT is expected to complete its inquiry within six months. During a recent court hearing, Chief Justice Sandeep Mehta emphasized the need to address unresolved aspects of the case and questioned the investigating officer’s diligence.

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The court has directed the SIT to submit a preliminary report within six weeks, focusing on the logic behind separating arrested candidates from those on the tabulation sheet and the possibility of disciplinary action against the “left out” officers. Additionally, the SIT will investigate if any other cases of securing selection by fraud have surfaced. This development arises from a challenge by Manash Pratim Haloi, who was discharged from service and has alleged that many others involved in the scam remain unarrested. The situation is under close scrutiny as the investigation progresses.