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Trying to shield corruption is a big offence, says Siddarmaaiah

Karnataka CB-CID arrests seven people in connection with the police recruitment scam

Prime News, Karnataka, Corruption, Jobs, Police, Mysuru/Bengaluru, April 18:- There is corruption everywhere. Despite knowing this, the state BJP government is trying to turn a blind eye, which is a serious offence, opined former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah here on Monday (April 18).

He was talking to media persons regarding corruption in the appointment of PSIs. “Many people had complained to me and in fact, I had requested for a thorough probe. The guilty should be punished. The BJP government is raking up other issues to save its skin.”

Siddaramaiah said, “Why are they talking of corruption when Congress was in power? Why did they not raise the issue then? Now that we are raising a voice against corruption, they are trying to divert people’s attention. If Bharatiya Janata Party leaders think people will believe them, they are miserably mistaken.”

The Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly said, “Dingaleshwara seer has said his mutt has to give commission to get grants from the government. I don’t know how far it is and I don’t want to comment on that.”

Siddaramaiah is going to Mandya to take part in a protest rally against the price rise. Hundreds of party workers had gathered in front of his house at TK Layout here to meet their leader. The Congress strongman will be going to Chamarajanagar tomorrow (April 19).

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigative Division (CB-CID) in Karnataka has arrested seven people in connection with the police recruitment scam while a few others are absconding.

The written examination for recruitment of 545 Police Sub Inspectors (PSIs) was conducted on October 3, 2021 at 92 centres in 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, the Home Minister, on April 7, ordered the CID to investigate the entire recruitment process and alleged malpractices. Accordingly, an FIR was registered on April 9, and so far, seven people have been arrested. This includes four successful candidates and three invigilators of the Kalburgi centre. Many more are absconding and will be arrested soon.
The CID has been ordered by the Home Minister to examine and investigate each and every selected candidate and finish the investigation at the earliest. Further action on the results will only be taken after CID completes its investigation and gives a conclusive report.
A press release issued by the Karnataka Home Ministry said that “No candidate, invigilator or support staff who have been found to have indulged in malpractice will go unpunished. Interests of genuine candidates will be fully protected.” (MR, NGB/KS, Agencies)

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