Additional Director General of Police (AGDP) Amrit Paul, who was the chief of recruitment when the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam took place, has been taken into custody by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Police. This is the first time that a sitting ADGP has been arrested in Karnataka.
While addressing the media, home minister Araga Jnanendra said, “We won’t compromise. The government has ordered CID to nab everyone involved. An enquiry is on. Let’s wait and see. We have given free rein to CID police.
“ADGP Amrit Paul is being questioned by CID, and the law will take its own course,” added the home minister. He has also called for a press conference at 6 pm on Monday, July 4 to provide updates on the latest development in the PSI recruitment scam.
CONGRESS DEMANDS HOME MINISTER’S RESIGNATION
Meanwhile, Karanataka Congress chief, DK Shivakumar, in conversation with India Today, said that he and Siddaramaiah are demanding the resignation of home minister Araga Jnanendra over the PSI scam.
“Tomorrow Siddaramaiah and I will hold a PC regarding this. The home minister had claimed that no one is involved in the scam in the assembly but the entire government machinery is involved. We demand the resignation of the home minister,” said DK Shivakumar.
PSI RECRUITMENT SCAM TIMELINE
The written examination for recruiting 545 Police Sub Inspectors (PSIs) was conducted on October 3, 2021, across 92 centres in the state. Some discrepancies were reported after the results were announced. Due to this, an internal enquiry was conducted.
Upon discovering credible evidence about certain malpractices, the Home Minister, on April 7, ordered a CID investigation into the entire recruitment process and alleged malpractices.
Accordingly, an FIR was registered on April 9, and so far, seven people were arrested on April 18. This included four successful candidates and three invigilators in the Kalburgi centre.
The main accused behind the PSI recruitment scam, BJP leader Divya Hagaragi, was arrested from Pune along with 4 others on April 28.
On May 2, the CID arrested 12 more people from Bengaluru for large-scale cheating. Policemen were also among the 12 people who were arrested.
The Karnataka Police arrested 2 more accused, the auditor of an accused, and a candidate who had allegedly cheated, in connection with the Police Sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam, on May 4.
IAS OFFICER ARRESTED FOR GRAFT
In a separate incident, former Bengaluru Deputy Collector, Manjunath, was arrested by officials based on a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The deputy tehsildar of Bangalore urban district was caught red-handed accepting bribes. In a statement to the ACB, he said, “I was accepting bribes on behalf of my senior who is the DC.”
Based on this statement, Karnataka ACB arrested former DC Manjunath, an IAS officer in a corruption case. Manjunath was removed as the DC of Urban Bengaluru just two days ago.