Karnataka PSI exam scam: Court rejects bail plea of key agent, school headmaster, police inspector
A sessions court in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi has rejected the bail pleas of a key agent, the headmaster of a private school, a government clerk, and a police inspector who facilitated the altering of Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheets of as many as eight candidates selected for recruitment as sub-inspectors in the state police this year.
Last week, the sessions court rejected the bail pleas of Rudragouda D Patil, an agent who collected up to Rs 50 lakh from candidates to provide answers via Bluetooth devices, Kashinath Chillar, the headmaster of a private school that was an examination centre, Jyothi Patil, a government employee who provided answer keys to candidates on Bluetooth devices, and Anand Maitri, a police inspector who was allegedly paid Rs 3 lakh to ignore the exam fraud.
“The allegations against the accused clearly reveal that such an incident resulted in failure of the administrative system of the state,” the sessions court said while rejecting the bail of R D Patil, Chillar, Jyothi Patil, and Maitri.
“The alleged incident occurred in connection with recruitment to the law enforcement agency and the same is prima-facie clear from the statement and evidence collected during the investigation along with recoveries by the IO,” the sessions court said last week.
Patil, 38, has been identified as the key lynchpin involved in organising the police sub-inspectors recruitment exam fraud in Kalaburagi. He was arrested in April along with his brother Mahantesh Patil, a Congress leader in the Afzalpur region of Kalaburagi, by the CID.
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