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APSC scam prime accused Rakesh Paul granted bail by special judge Assam

GUWAHATI: Prime accused in the cash-for-job scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), Rakesh Paul, has been granted bail by Special Judge, Assam today in the case (27/2018) filed by the Central Investigation Department under sections 7 and 13 (b) of Prevention of Corruption Act along with section 420 of Indian Penal Code.

Rakesh Paul had a total of four cases against him registered in Dispur Police Station, Dibrugarh Police Station, Bhangagarh Police Station and one with the CID. Paul was already granted bail in the Dibrugarh Police Station case by the Supreme Court of India. The Special Judge, Assam, had granted him bail in the Dispur Police station case. Currently, Paul was in jail in connection with the cases filed by Central Investigation Department (CID) and Bhangagarh Police station.

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Talking to InsideNE, Rakesh Paul’s advocate Firuz Khan, said, “Today he has been granted bail in CID police station case. Earlier we had moved to the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court wherein our bail application was rejected however an observation was made that we can move to the trial court i.e. Court of Special Judge, Assam after the charges were framed. CID filed charge sheet and charges were framed against Paul to which he pleaded not guilty and claimed to be tried. Accordingly, after hearing on the grounds set forth for the bail of Paul, the Court of Special Judge, Assam granted bail with some strict conditions”

The bench was led by justice Deepak Thakuria, informed advocate Khan. The High Court has fixed August 5 for Paul’s next hearing. If Rakesh Paul was granted bail in the Bhangagarh case, he will be out of jail.

The court has instructed Paul to furnish two sureties, one of whom should be a government servant. He shall not influence or tamper with the witness. Paul is also instructed to surrender his passport before the court and he cannot leave the Kamrup Metro district without the written permission of the Court of Special Judge, Assam.

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