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PSI Recruitment Scam: A Malpractice that Has Plagued the State Police’s Impression

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Examination for 545 Police Sub Inspector (PSI) posts was conducted on October 3 last year at 92 centers across the state. After the results were announced, some discrepancies were reported, following which an internal inquiry was ordered.

On April 7 this year, strong evidence was found about certain malpractices in the recruitment procedure, based on which Home Minister Araga Jnanendra ordered the CID to examine and investigate every selected candidate and complete the investigations at the earliest.

An FIR was registered on April 9. “There are many more involved in the scam but they are absconding and will be arrested soon. No candidate, invigilator, or supporting staff who are found to have indulged in malpractice will go unpunished,” Director General and Inspector General of Police Praveen Sood added.

His announcement on Sunday comes after a massive protest by over 54,000 aspiring Police Sub Inspector (PSI) candidates at the Freedom Park over alleged large-scale corruption. However, this means the fate of candidates will remain undecided till the probe is completed and a report is submitted. Many candidates who are giving their last attempt are concerned about their eligibility.

Protesters are demanding a re-examination and want strict action to be taken against the people involved in the scam. So far, seven people have been arrested in connection with the PSI recruitment scam including four successful candidates and three invigilators from the Kalaburgi center. Furthermore, four people were nabbed on Saturday.

The accused taken into custody by the CID on Friday were produced before the third JMFC(Judicial Magistrate First Class) court on Saturday evening. The judge who heard the case till 7 pm, remanded the accused to three-day police custody from Monday (April 18). Veeresh Nidagunda, the first accused, was also produced before the court. He was remanded in judicial custody as the court was informed that the inquiry is over.

A CID team led by Additional Superintendent of Police Raghavendra Bhat, Deputy SPs S V Patil, and Prakash Rathod are investigating the scam for the past 14 days.

References: The Hindu, Deccan Herald

Featured Image Source: Deccan Herald

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