Karnataka High Court – PC : MRP Graphics
Karnataka Govt. Following allegations of manipulated exam results, the then government ordered a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which led to the arrest of several officials from the Police Recruitment Cell, including its then Chief, Additional Director-General of Police Amrit Paul, as well as a large number of candidates who appeared for the exam.
Govt to Probe PSI Recruitment Scam
The Karnataka government has now constituted a one-man judicial commission to inquire into the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam. Retired Karnataka High Court judge B. Veerappa will conduct the probe, and the government notification has set a three-month deadline for the inquiry.
The Congress had strongly criticized the then BJP government over alleged irregularities and corruption in the recruitment of 545 PSIs. It became a major point of contention against the saffron party during the Assembly polls campaign.
The previous government had ordered the CID probe in response to allegations of exam result manipulation. As a result, several officials from the Police Recruitment Cell, including its then Chief, Additional Director-General of Police Amrit Paul, and a large number of candidates who appeared for the exam, were arrested. Furthermore, the government annulled the exam results and decided to conduct a re-exam, which has yet to take place.
The order constituting the judicial inquiry lists four key questions as its terms of reference: Were rules violated during the process of recruiting 545 PSIs? What were the violations or illegalities, and at what level were they committed? Who are the individuals who gained undue benefit from these illegalities? What measures can the government take to ensure a transparent and rules-compliant PSI recruitment exam?
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