CID files 5 more FIRs in Karnataka Police Sub-Inspector recruitment scam case

Analysis of cell phone usage data from a mobile phone covering three colleges that served as centers for a Police Sub-Inspector Recruitment Exam In the northern Karnataka city of Kalaburagi on October 3, 2021, the identities of seven candidates who cheated on an exam by receiving answers via Bluetooth devices they smuggled into exam halls were revealed.

The Karnataka Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is investigating the case, has filed five new FIRs against these seven candidates, and several agents and police officials who were part of the conspiracy. The CID has already arrested 35 out of 545 selected candidates for cheating in the exam through various means.

In the latest part of the investigation, CID analyzed cell usage data of Sri Sharanabasaveshwar College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Vidyanagar in Kalaburagi, Godutayi Women’s College in Vidyanagar and Government Certificate College on Sedam Road on October 3, 2021, and found mobile phone numbers that had been active for long periods between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. are the time to take the test.

Analysis of phone numbers involved in long conversations in colleges revealed that they included conversations between candidates – Bhagavatharaya, Raviraj, Kalappa, Peerappa, Sharanbasappa, Siddugouda and Balwantappa – and a team composed by a key exam racket leader, RD Patil, to provide answers via Bluetooth devices to candidates who they paid.

Among the new candidates named in the Police Exam Scam are the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 8th ranks of Kalyana Karnataka District in the Police Sub-Inspectors Recruitment Examination.

The CID investigation found that the candidates, who paid the mediator Patel in the range of Rs 30 lakh to Rs 80 lakh, were given access to members of the response team formed to cheat in the exam. Police were able to identify candidates involved in cheating by finding people whose SIM cards were registered and which were used for long conversations during the exam.

Members of the “Response Team” named by the CID in the new FIR exam scam are Kashinath, Shrisil, Rajashekhar, Somnath and Malapa.

The exam scam came to light after it was revealed that one of the shortlisted candidates, Veeresh H, who scored 121 marks in the exam, had only answered questions for 31.5 marks (out of a total of 150 marks in the objective section). The unselected candidates approached the government after the news spread. The CID was asked to investigate the fraud by the Karnataka government on 7th April this year.

The Karnataka government canceled the exam results on April 29 after the CID reported widespread falsification of the results.

The exam fraud allegedly occurred on multiple levels with seven candidates who wrote the exam in the Kalaburaji district – at a private school owned by a former BJP employee – with the help of school staff, observers and others in filling out e-reading papers. On the basis of answer keys provided by agents and brokers via bluetooth devices placed near examination halls. At other centers in Calaborghi, answers were allegedly provided directly to candidates via Bluetooth devices.

In Bengaluru, candidates have written exams at several centers and their papers have been modified with the literate technique of police recruitment cell, according to CID investigations. Record CID 12 FIR information area during the exam fraud. The exam’s overall first rank holder, Kushal Kumar J, who scored 167.75 marks out of 200, was arrested in Bengaluru on 8 June after investigations revealed that his OMR paper had been altered after the examination was over.

The IPS officer with the rank of Additional Director General of Police, Amrit Paul, who was heading the police recruitment cell when the fraud occurred, was also arrested by the CID on July 4. He was also arrested by the CID.

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