Karnataka PSI Scam: Karnataka Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam is in the news these days. Taking big action in this case, CID has arrested BJP leader Divya Hagaragi. She has been caught from a hideout in Pune, Maharashtra. Some other people have also been arrested along with them. According to the India Today report, their names are Archana, Saddam, Sunanda and Suresh. These people will soon be brought to Karnataka.
Divya Hagaragi is being told as the main accused in this case. The police have so far arrested 18 people in connection with the investigation of the scam. These include Divya Hagaragi’s husband Rajesh Hagaragi.
What is Sub Inspector Recruitment Scam?
According to the report of the English newspaper Indian Express, this matter came to the fore when a candidate named Viresh had scored 121 marks in the recruitment examination by solving only 21 questions. Attempting so few questions to get 121 was doubtful. Viresh had secured 7th rank in the examination. The exam center of this candidate was an institute named Gyan Jyoti. When the matter was investigated after doubting his marks, it came to the fore that this is a kind of rigging.
The newspaper quoted the police as saying that there were many candidates in Divya’s organization who were involved in this scam. After the matter came to light, the Karnataka government handed over its initial investigation to the CID. In this it was found that in lieu of passing the exam, 75 to 80 lakh rupees were taken from the candidates.
The court had issued an arrest warrant against five people, including a BJP leader, in this case. Among them is also a government engineer. He is accused of copying over Bluetooth. On the other hand, Divya Hagargi used to run the educational institution named Gyan Jyoti located in Kalburgi. According to police sources, there was a lack of basic facilities in Gyan Jyoti, due to which the local Deputy Director of Public Education had recommended not to conduct the exam at this center. But still the recruitment wing of the police chose it as the centre.
After the disclosure of the matter, BJP has distanced itself from Divya. Said she had nothing to do with the party. However, local people and police officials have confirmed that Divya was an active member of the BJP and held several positions there. She has also been the president of the BJP’s women’s wing in Kalaburgi.
However, BJP is on target of Congress regarding the scam. It has sought the resignation of Karnataka Home Minister Arga Gyanendra. On the other hand, the government has decided to cancel the PSI exam and has asked all the candidates except the accused candidates to re-appear for the paper.