Gauhati High Court grants bail to Rakesh Paul, the main accused in the job scam


Rakesh Paul, the prime accused in the cash-for-job scam and former chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC), has been granted bail by the Gauhati High Court.

A single bench of Justice Devashish Baruah on Friday granted bail to Paul in a case registered at Bhangagarh police station here in connection with taking bribe for giving him a job as an agricultural development officer.

The bail is granted on the ground that Paul has already served half of the maximum sentence for the offence.

Justice Baruah granted bail to Paul subject to certain conditions, including submission of passport, not leaving Guwahati without prior notice and not tampering with the evidence in the case.

The court also directed him to appear before the special judge on every fixed date. Paul is likely to be released on Saturday after completing necessary formalities.

Paul was arrested by the Dibrugarh police in November 2016 and has been in judicial custody since then. Besides Paul, over 70 people, including officers of the Assam Civil and Police Services, were arrested in connection with the scam.

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