The arrest of 21 Assam Civil Service/ Assam Police Service officer and the arrest of APSC chief beside other commission members is a welcome step but aren’t they merely a scapegoat? What about the arrest of former ministers of Congress regime and a minister of ruling BJP government whose name surfaced in the ongoing investigation. At the moment, however, the investigation into this high profile case is slowly but surely heading to a closure. The chances of widening the parameters of the investigation appear to be very bleak.
News reports that the bribe takers may go scot-free due to lack of evidence will not cut ice with the public. In fact, now it appears that the guilty candidates have been arrested to put pressure on them not to reveal names of the bribe takers. The actual culprits, the people who instituted such corrupt practices in the system and the beneficiaries of the bribe in political and higher bureaucratic circles have been deliberately spared because they probably have an affiliation to all political parties, including the present dispensation. All these arrests have done nothing in the direction of exposing the real culprits, rather they have only served to throw dust in the eyes of the public.
The Dibrugarh Police team is overburdened and the Government is not providing them the right kind of environment and adequate manpower to work on the case even more proficiently. It is humanly impossible for a core team of about 10 people to effectively scrutinize or shortlist a huge number of tampered answer script and at the same time, meet the other pressing deadline from the filing of charge sheet and questioning of accused.
The members of the investigation team should have also been relieved from day to day duties till the probe into the scam was over. But the Assam Police decided otherwise, meaning that the investigation officer should keep traveling from Dibrugarh to Guwahati every now and then.
What is equally baffling is that despite Paul and company naming so many influential people during questioning, the investigation was never developed in that line with their names vanishing into thin air.
[The second paragraph of this article is taken from LOE column of The Assam Tribune newspaper and is written by Debojit Barthakur. A large section of the remaining part of this article is taken from the editorial writing of Mr. Sanjoy Ray in the same newspaper.]