Karnataka PSI exam scam: Bengaluru court rejects anticipatory bail pleas of two toppers

The Bengaluru Hearings Court has dismissed the preemptive bail claims of candidates accused of engaging in misconduct for obtaining high scores in an examination held for the appointment of Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) for the Karnataka Police Department.

The court in the hearings dismissed the preemptive bail claims of Jagrut S, the fourth-ranked winner among the male candidates, and Rachana H, the first-ranked among women, on the basis of prima facie evidence presented by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The two candidates also moved the Karnataka High Court against the CID investigation. They are among 22 named in the FIR for their alleged involvement in fraudulent practices to score high on the police exam to hire 545 sub-inspectors in October 2021.

The two argued in the High Court that they were named to the FIR registered at the High Grounds Police Station in Bengaluru on the basis of a complaint filed by a CID official without evidence of their involvement in the exam fraud.

During the court hearing on the pre-emptive bail offered by the two candidates, when the orders were issued on May 20, the CID stated that there was ostensible evidence to show the two were involved in the exam fraud. The state’s attorney general said the accused candidates colluded with others to secure selection through a police recruitment exam and that the bail sentence would send the wrong message to society.

According to CID investigations, 172 candidates who took the Police Recruitment Examination in centers across Bengaluru were required to appear before the investigation agency with copies of OMR papers given to them after submitting the original OMR papers during the examination.

While four candidates were unable to produce carbon copies of their optical reading papers (as the objective questions were answered), the remaining 168 produced copies, and the search papers of 22 candidates were found to be malfunctioning during forensic analysis, the CID It has an advertiser.

“On April 28, 2022, a report was obtained from the Forensic Science Laboratory indicating that there were discrepancies between the originals and carbon copies of the research papers of 22 candidates and that it prima facie indicated cases of misconduct,” the CID said.

Among the 22 candidates whose names were mentioned on suspicion of falsifying the exam are candidates who got the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places in the exam, as well as the first place among the female candidates.

As many as 45 people have been arrested in the police exam scam by the CID since investigations began in April. Among them are candidates, officials of the police recruitment cell, owners of a school in Kalaburagi where exams were taken, and several mediators. The scam arose after it was found that one of the selected candidates who had obtained 121 marks in the exam had answered the questions with a score of 31.5 out of a total of 150 marks.

As many as 54,287 candidates took the Police Sub-Inspector Examination in October 2021. The Police Recruitment Cell announced the selection of 545 candidates in January of this year. Thirty shortlisted candidates have been charged in the exam fraud so far and more than 20 candidates have been arrested.

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