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’10 years imprisonment, 10cr fine for unfair means in exam’: Assam govt introduces Bill

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’10 years imprisonment, 10cr fine for unfair means in exam’: Assam govt introduces Bill

Guwahati, Feb 5 (IANS) The Assam government on Monday introduced a bill in the state assembly to punish anyone found using unfair methods in recruitment examinations with a maximum of 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of 10 million rupees.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma introduced the Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means of Recruitment) Bill, 2024, which states that any officer who enforces the provisions of “good faith” will receive full immunity under the proposed law.

In the memorandum of the bill, Sarma stated that it gives the government the authority to prosecute anyone, including test takers, who engages in any effort to leak, create, sell, publish or solve exam questions to assist a candidate or administer examinations at non-designated sites.

Under the bill, such a person would face a minimum jail term of five years, which could be extended to ten years, as well as a minimum fine of 10 thousand rupees and a maximum fine of 10 million rupees.

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Further, the legislation introduced said that an examinee who only engages in unfair means faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a fine of at least 1 lakh rupees and a further nine months in prison if he fails to pay.

The bill also gives the government the authority to prevent any examinee who has been found guilty under the terms of this law from appearing in any public examination for two years.

The bill said that “the court shall make an order for the recovery of any unlawful gain obtained by such person, by attachment and sale of any of the goods/movable or immovable property, or both, of such person.”

Under the bill, such a person would face a minimum jail term of five years, which could be extended to ten years, as well as a minimum fine of 10 thousand rupees and a maximum fine of 10 million rupees.

Besides making all offenses cognizable, non-bailable and non-compensable, the Bill also authorized the investigation of offenses by an officer ranking at least as Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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To try cases under this Act, the government would also set up special courts presided over by an Additional District and Sessions Judge or higher, in collaboration with the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.

— IANS

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