Prime News, National, Karnataka, Corruption, Police, Pune/Bengaluru, April 29:- The Karnataka Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID) has arrested five people in connection with the Police Sub-Inspectors (PSIs) recruitment scam. The five, including the main accused, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Divya Hagaragi, were arrested in Pune.
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said “We have arrested Divya and Archana, Saddam (driver), Suresh Kalidas, an assistant and Sunanda, a maid. All of them were arrested in Pune by the CID. The investigation is on and they will be brought to Karnataka.”
“There have also been allegations that more than one exam centre was involved in the PSIs’ recruitment scam. As a result, the government has decided to cancel the whole exam that was conducted,” said the Home Minister.
He further added that 54,289 candidates had taken up the exams and they will be given another exam. This is apart from the accused candidates. The rest can take up the fresh exam.”
Earlier, the CB-CID arrested seven people in Karnataka who were accused of running a recruitment scam. The written examination was conducted on October 3, 2021 at 92 centres across the State. After the results were announced, some discrepancies were reported and therefore an internal enquiry was conducted.
Once credible evidence was discovered about certain malpractices, Home Minister Jnanendra, on April 7, ordered the CID to investigate the entire recruitment process and alleged malpractices. Accordingly, an FIR was registered on April 9.
The accused Divya runs an educational institution, Jnana Jyothi Institution in Kalaburgi and was the president of BJP’s women unit in Kalaburagi. Earlier, the police had arrested Divya’s husband Rajesh Hagaragi, while she had managed to escape. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)