DC caught on camera left, Champa Basumatary right

The Assam government on Thursday suspended Chirang deputy commissioner Binod Kumar Deka, after he was caught taking a bribe on camera from a woman contractor.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal specified Deka’s suspension with immediate effect based on an inquiry report from vigilance and anti-corruption directorate.

“No corrupt officials will be spared at any cost and the government will continue its fight against corruption in a more vigorous way in the days to come,” a statement that issued by the chief minister’s office said, adding that the Assam government had adopted zero tolerance policy against corruption.

Champa Basumatary, a woman contractor, had two pending bills amounting to Rs 30 lakh and Rs 1.2 crore in the DC office for work done under Sustainable Disaster Recovery Fund (SDRF).

Deka had allegedly demanded 10% of the total amount as bribe before he sanctioned the bill and consequently she paid the amount and also recorded it in a spycam.

The video clip was aired on Assam’s news channel recently, pressurising Dispur to initiate an inquiry.

The BJP-led government arrested several officials and registered cases since it came to power in May last year.

The state BJP said it was part of its action plan to make Assam corruption-free state but the Congress termed it as vindictive.

State civil service officer Ratul Baruah will be Deka’s replacement.

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