The Court of Special Judge of Assam on Thursday granted bail to the prime accused and former chairman of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), Rakesh Paul.
The bail was granted as per the provisions of Section 167 of CrPC, as assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Sujit Kumar Saikia, who is the investigating officer of the case, failed to submit the chargesheet within the statutory 90 days time.
However, Dispur has taken a strong exception to the investigation officer’s failure in filing the chargesheet within the stipulated period, which, it said, is very seriousin nature.
Paul was arrested on January 20, after the case was registered under Section 420, 406 of the IPC read with other Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The complainant in his FIR alleged that Paul had accepted a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from him promising job, following which Paul was shown to be arrested as he was already in custody.
The Court in its order stated that as the investigating officer was not in a position to submit the chargesheet in the case within the stipulated period, the accused (shown arrested on January 20), is granted the default bail.
Notably, this is the first time that any of the accused in the cash-for-job scam has been granted bail in the cases registered against them.