Guwahati, May 31: In further crackdown in SCERT scam case, the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell on Tuesday arrested four more persons including two journalists from Guwahati in connection with the scam.
The two journalists have been identified as Pujamoni Das and Bhaskar Jyoti Hazarika. The arrested RTI activists are Anup Saikia and Rabijit Gogoi.
According to police, they are accused of blackmailing suspended IAS officer Sewali Devi Sharma, the prime suspect in the case.
The alleged scam reportedly took place during her stint as executive chairman and director of the state council of educational research and training (SCERT), Assam between 2017 and 2020.
The IAS officer Sewali Devi Sharma was arrested earlier for her alleged role in the SCERT ‘scam’.
According to reports, they allegedly took money in both cash and via bank transfers.
The suspended IAS officer along with her son-in-law allegedly embezzled Rs 105 crore without showing any work orders.
According to reports, the IAS officer was arrested along with her son-in-law Ajit Pal Singh, who was hiding in Rajasthan.
The four persons who were arrested had allegedly blackmailed Sharma. They were given lakhs of rupees by Sharma and her associates to keep their mouths shut.