GUWAHATI: In a sweeping move, Assam Governor has suspended four ACS officers implicated in alleged anomalies and malpractices during the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Combined Competitive Examination in 2013.
The suspended officers, identified as Akashee Duwarah, Dhrubajyoti Hatibaruah, Hitesh Mazumdar, and Dhiraj Kumar Jain, now face serious allegations of benefiting from irregularities in the selection process.
The inquiry into the matter revealed that these officers secured recommendations for appointment through the illicit enhancement of their originally scored marks, raising grave concerns about misconduct, corruption, and moral turpitude.
Governor’s suspension order, executed under Rule 6(1) of the Assam Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1964, is grounded in the belief that allowing the officers to persist in their roles may not serve the interests of public service and could potentially cause embarrassment to the government.
The significant development unfolds amid an ongoing investigation into criminal offenses linked to the allegations.
The government highlighted that the suspension does not preclude the departmental proceedings already initiated against the accused officers.
During the period of suspension, the headquarters of these officers will remain the same as their last place of posting.
A provision for review has been established, underscoring the commitment to a fair and impartial examination of the charges brought against them.
Earlier on November 29, police had successfully apprehended an ACS officer who had been evading authorities in connection with the extensive APSC scam.
The arrest transpired in Guwahati, where the accused ACS officer, identified as Rakesh Das, Assistant Employment Officer, was located in a residence within the Six-Mile area.
The police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) executed the arrest following an extensive search. Das had been on the run after a lookout was issued against him.