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ED attaches Rs 4.09 Cr worth assets of former APSC member in PMLA case

First Published: 29th December, 2022 21:56 IST

The attachment includes immovable properties worth Rs 1.52 crore and movable properties worth Rs 3.38 crore belonging to Rahman and his family members

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 4.90 crore of Dr Samedur Rahman, a former board member of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) in connection with a money laundering case.

The attachment includes immovable properties worth Rs 1.52 crore and movable properties worth Rs 3.38 crore belonging to Rahman and his family members, said an ED statement.

According to officials, the ED launched the investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) after taking cognizance of various FIRs and Charge Sheets filed by the Assam Police against the then-APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, Dr Samedur Rahman, and others in connection with a case of alleged illegal recruitment of candidates on posts such as Circle Officers, Asst. Commissioner of Police, and others through the APSC examination.

According to the ED statement, Rakesh Kumar Paul, the then Chairman, APSC, one of the main accused in the case, in connivance with other accused persons including Samedur Rahman, had manipulated and engineered the answer booklets of Combined Competitive Examination of 2013 & 2014, by way of enhancing marks, replacing original answer booklets with manufactured/forged booklets in respect of some candidates, facilitating them securing job through APSC in lieu of cash.  

It is submitted that Proceeds of Crime identified till date in this case is Rs 6.18 Crore. 

During the investigation, it was discovered that large cash deposits were made in the accounts of Samedur Rahman and his family members during his tenure as APSC board member.

These funds were then invested in various insurance policies, mutual funds, and residential plots.

Further investigation into the matter is in progress.

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