PSI recruitment scam: Karnataka police, politician nexus exposed

Bengaluru, May 11 (IANS): The investigation into the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) scandal by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has exposed the nexus between the politicians and the Karnataka Police Department.

The CID sleuths have intensified the interrogation of four officers attached to the Recruitment division of the Police Department, who have been arrested. The accused police officers played conduit between the candidates and the senior police officers backed by the politicians, sources said.

Investigations have shown that the three accused were in-charge of the strong room where the answer sheets were kept. Sources have revealed that the accused forged the answer papers during the nights. Insiders in the department vouch that it is impossible for the lower cadre officers to commit such a crime without the backing of top police officers.

Some leaders from the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress have been arrested by the CID causing a major embarrassment to both parties. The CID officers are now focusing on the kingpins behind the scandal.

The mobiles and digital material belonging to the officers have been seized and the probe has already begun regarding the accused officers links to senior police officers and politicians. Sources in CID said that they are confident of eliciting crucial information in this regard.

The CID is also collecting information on the officers who have been serving for 10 years in the Recruitment Division. The officers said that the accused persons have been collecting Rs 35 lakh to Rs 40 lakh from the aspiring candidates.

The CID has lodged a complaint against 22 candidates for joining hands with the accused in High Grounds police station and has arrested 16 of them. The officers have launched a hunt for the other six candidates who are at large.

The Karnataka government announced re-exams for the 545 PSI posts following the scandal. The exams were held for these posts on October 3, 2021. The government has also ordered comprehensive analysis of the answer sheets of all the candidates.

As many as 54,041 candidates appeared for the exam. The results were announced this January.

Later, the allegations surfaced that candidates who gave very poor performance in descriptive writing got maximum marks in Paper 2. However, the police department and the Home Minister denied any irregularities in the exam.

One of the candidates filed an RTI application seeking information on OMR sheets of one of the candidates. Though the application was rejected, the OMR sheet of the candidate appeared in public domain. Police sources say that Veeresh, the candidate, had attended only 21 questions in paper 2 but got 100 marks. He was given 7th rank.

Congress MLA Priyank Kharge had alleged that more than 300 of the 545 candidates had paid Rs 70 lakh - 80 lakh bribe to officials and ministers to become PSI. The ruling BJP has challenged him to produce evidence before CID.






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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, May 11 2022

    After 2014 only Scams ...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, May 11 2022

    We can blame only the Government for such scams. If Government is not corrupt then all these will not happen in such a large scale.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Anti minority, communal, dis respect towards minority community, saffron oriented and Flag raisers, Now engaged in raising their flag on minority holy places. What is their intention. ? All such anti secular activities are backed by the government for the purpose to gain Hindus sentiments and support. Country is moving towards Cattle progress and Statue structures. 😒😩🙈🙉🙊

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    All India same scam by BJP loot mar party

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  • Shivraj, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    All happening with black money meaning cash .. etc .. Demonetisation was supposed to block all this .. Millions only suffered .. Waiting in lines etc Actually more corruption last 7 years ...

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, May 11 2022

    "Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.=" Modi's election speeches and Hindutva, Saffron shawl, corruption free digital India all such slogans ever remain only as slogans. they see faults only in Congress rule and never try to correct or improve themselves. BJP is contaminated/infected with corrupt termites to eat our country. currency demonetization, Black money hoarded in foreign banks, 5 Trillion Dollar Economy blaa blaa was nothing but a joke and jokers are increasing in our country eating tax payers money and building their movable and immovable assts (no liability) fully backed by the ruling party.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Now the evidence is provided home minister should take responsibility and resign. I feel sorry for the 54,041 candidates who prepared and appeared for the exam.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 11 2022

    After BJP has come to power, scams and corruption has been unofficially legalized. So, why this all hulla boo. On paper everything is digital, but to get anything done from Govt offices, there are scheduled rates to pay. Earlier, people used to capture the corrupt with digital technology. Now, that too is bigger crime. Even media sensor's such exposes, as they too could find themselves under the scanners of ED,IT, CBI, or NIA. This is the newfound easiest way to curb corruption and crime, as nothing gets reported.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    40% party came to power by so much investment.. 1000 crore to buy each rebel MLA's. Now many will leave the party and again they need to buy some more rebels during next election. Its a trading business . All these money they earned from scams will be used for another scam . So lekka clear .. Please start debate on Azan, Hijab, Watermelon Seller , Jatka Cut... They are more important for nation building and for employment generation for upcoming youths !!!

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  • Jeeth, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    Had some hopes about this government and they are showering us with scam after scam. Pathetic. ..! All our tax money is wasted.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, May 11 2022

    It's a huge nexus, all have to be satisfied........................!!!

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, May 11 2022

    we dont far as blue jp is in power we are happy...carry one..someone was saying during the rule of BJP no scams...and now alll are scams...real picture will be known only when some other party comes to power..

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