Sleuths of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka arrested eight candidates for their alleged involvement in the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam in the state.
All eight were arrested on Thursday, 5 August, by a CID team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shankar Gowda Patil.
The arrested have been identified as Bhagwanthraya Jogur, Shrishail Hacchad, Siddugowda Sharanappa Patil, Kallappa Siddappa Allapura, Peerappa Sidnal, Raviraj, Somnath, and Vijaykumar Gudur.
According to a CID officer, Allapura — who achieved the fourth rank in the PSI exam — is a serving police constable at the Devadurga Police station in the Raichur district of the state.
“Siddugowda Patil is the brother-in-law of the alleged kingpin of the PSI scam, Rudragowda D Patil,” the officer said.
He added that the eight arrested had appeared for the exam on 3 October, 2021, at different centres and used Bluetooth devices.
According to the charge sheet filed by the CID, a total of 60 people — including two police officers — have been arrested so far for their involvement in the scam.
The two officers have been identified as Raichur DSP Malikarjuna and Fingerprint Bureau Police Inspector Anand Maitri.
The CID submitted a proposal to the state government to prosecute the two officers under IPC Section 197 as well as Section 110 of the Karnataka Police Act 1963.
The arrested have been booked under IPC Sections 109, 114, 119, 120(2), 201, 202, 204, 212, 409, 465, 468, and 471.
According to the 91-page charge sheet submitted by the CID, RD Patil took money from candidates to help them clear the PSI recruitment exam.
The charge sheet also claims that the candidates had provided Patil with two mobile phones with different numbers from where answers were conveyed to them via Bluetooth communication devices.
The PSI scam was unearthed in April this year.
A total of 54,041 candidates appeared for the PSI recruitment exam for 545 PSI posts.
The results were declared in January this year.