Karnataka PSI exam scam: CID arrests first-rank winner

The first-place winner, Kushal Kumar J, who scored 167.75 marks out of 200 – 30.5 on the written part and 137.25 for the objective part – was arrested after investigations revealed that his OMR answer sheet for the objective part of the exam was tampered with, according to For the complaint filed by the CID against the candidate.

The CID has registered up to five new FIRS at various police stations in Bengaluru and arrested up to seven candidates in the past week for their involvement in PSI exam fraud following new criminal evidence of tampering with answer sheets.

The new FIRs and arrests occurred on the basis of a forensic analysis report dated May 24 received by CID police from the state forensic science laboratory concerning the tampering of optical reading papers used by candidates to mark answers in the objective portion of the exam that carried a total of 100 questions against a score of 150 .

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Among the candidates mentioned in the new FIR, the fifth Darshan Godha received 141 marks out of 150 in the subject segment, the highest for all candidates. The candidate had one of the lowest scores in the essay part with a score of 19 but placed fifth overall out of the 545 candidates selected by the test.

Earlier, based on a forensic report dated April 28, 2022, based on an analysis of research papers of 168 candidates who wrote the exam in Bengaluru on October 3, 2021, the CID charged 22 candidates with cheating, including seven of the top 10 ranked. .

The exam fraud allegedly occurred on multiple levels with the complicity of Karnataka Police Recruitment Cell officials. In Calaborgi, examination fraud occurred after examination centers were rigged by intermediaries to facilitate the submission of answers (via bluetooth devices) to candidates in cooperation with the observers and examination center officials.

In Bengaluru, candidates wrote the exams at several centers and had their audio recording papers amended at the police recruitment cell, CID investigations found. Candidates paid between 30 lakh rupees to 80 rupees to facilitate their selection to be police sub-inspectors, according to a CID investigation.

As many as 40 candidates who wrote the exam and were selected – out of 54,287 candidates – have been accused of recruitment exam fraud and as many as 35 have been arrested so far.

The candidates already named as accused of the exam fraud are Shivaraja G (ranked 3rd), Jagrut S (ranked 4), Darshan Gowda V, Praveen Kumar HR, Raghuveer HU, Yashwanth Gowda H, Narayana CM and Nageshgowda CS (ranked 5). to tenth) and won first place among the female candidates, Rashana H.

According to the cases recorded by the police, forensic analysis of the search papers of the candidates named in the cases revealed vast differences between the original photo-reading papers sent to the police recruitment cell and the carbon copies with the candidates.

Analysis of OMR papers revealed that the accused candidates answered very few questions themselves during the exam and left the majority of the answers blank, allegedly later filled in by others as part of a larger conspiracy involving intermediaries and police recruiters, according to the report. To the new cases registered by the CID.

Forensic analysis also revealed that changes were made to the responses entered in the original speed-reading papers to the number of questions the candidate answered. The changes were contrasted with the responses reflected in the carbon copies of the optical reading papers that the candidates kept after the test.

The CID arrested Shantakumar, Deputy Director of Police in the Police Recruitment Cell when the fraud took place, on charges of exam fraud. The CID has also questioned the Additional Director General of Police in Karnataka Amrit Paul over the scam.

“All literate papers along with the carbon copy received from candidates have been sent to the FSL for examination. Action is being taken against candidates involved in such malpractices and when evidence is collected,” the CID said in an official memo last month.

A total of 545 candidates were selected in January 2022 from a pool of 54,287 candidates who had written the written examination in October 2021 (out of a total of 1.5 lakh aspirants). Many of the arrested candidates and mediators involved in the crime are politically connected to the three major political parties in Karnataka – the ruling BJP, Congress and the Justice and Development Party.

A Bengaluru hearings court rejected bail requests for several arrested candidates last week, saying the scam affected the moral fabric of society. “It is a case of recruitment hoax by manipulating job search papers to deprive the deserving candidates who have honestly worked hard for the selection examination. Therefore, it is a socio-economic crime, affecting the moral fabric of society,” Bengaluru hearings court ruled while denying bail application to several accused persons The exam scam.

In the hearings, the court cited the 2017 ruling of Bihar High Court against Amit Kumar, known as the Pacha Rai case, for dismissing the bail claims. “We are also aware that if undeserving candidates are allowed to sit for exams by corrupt means, not only will society be deprived of deserving candidates, but it will be unfair to those students who have worked honestly hard for an entire year and are ultimately disqualified to a good rank by the prevalent fraudulent practices In those tests, the court said, citing a Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court said: “Social and economic crime usually has deep-rooted conspiracies that affect the moral fabric of society and cause irreparable harm, which must be seriously considered.”

The scam came to light after it was revealed that one of the selected candidates in Calaborgy who had scored 121 marks in the exam had only answered the questions for 31.5 out of a total score of 150 in the objective section.

Several unselected candidates approached the government after news of the hiring of a candidate who answered only 21 questions circulated on social media.

The Karnataka state government canceled the results of the PSI recruitment exam last month after the CID reported widespread exam fraud on the basis of its investigation which started in April.

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