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ED attaches properties of former Assam Public Service Commission worth Rs 1.3 crore

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Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached seven immovable properties valued at Rs 1.30 Crore belonging to Rakesh Kumar Paul, the then Chairman of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) in a corruption case.

The attached properties include two Flats at prime location at Saktigarh Path, Guwahati and one commercial space at Bhangagarh, Guwahati. Movable property in the form of seized Indian Currency of Rs. 10 lakhs recovered from his residence has also been attached.

PMLA investigation in this case was initiated by the Directorate on the basis of FIR registered under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 by Assam Police to investigate irregularities related to recruitment of candidates in Government services in Assam through examination conducted by Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).

ED stated that investigation by State Police established that Paul along with other accused persons hatched criminal conspiracy and manipulated the system of selection of candidates in APSC in lieu of illegal gratification.

The ED added, “Investigation under PMLA revealed that accused Paul had invested the illegitimate money in purchasing different various movable and immovable properties in his name and in the name of his family members at different locations in Assam. Investigation further revealed that Paul purchased the properties at much lower prices as shown in the agreement papers and sale deeds as compared to their market value at the relevant point of time. The investigation established that the values of the property shown in the sale deeds were hugely suppressed by Paul to launder the proceeds of crime. Accordingly, a Provisional Attachment Order has been issued attaching movable and immovable assets totalling to Rs. 1.4 crores. Further investigation is under progress”.

Assam Police have so far arrested around 67 persons including Paul in the APSC scam. Paul is presently in jail. APSC reforms were one of the election promises of the BJP in 2016.


Source :economictimes.indiatimes.com

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