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PSI recruitment exam scam: Fugitive school owner, 2 teachers among five arrested from Solapur

Divya Hagaragi, 41, who is the owner-principal of the Jnana Jyothi English School in Kalaburagi, is accused of facilitating large-scale cheating in the police recruitment exam conducted on October 3, 2021, at the school that was one of the centres.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 29, 2022 7:47:02 pm
BJP leader Divya Hagargi (File)

Former president of the BJP’s Kalaburagi district women’s unit Divya Hagaragi, an accused in the police sub-inspector recruitment exam scam, was among the five people arrested by the Karnataka Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) from Solapur in Maharashtra on Friday night. Two of those arrested — Archana S and Sunanda S — were the exam invigilators at the Hagaragi’s school that was one of the exam centres, while remaining two, including a businessman from Maharashtra, were held for sheltering them.

Hagaragi, 41, who is the owner-principal of the Jnana Jyothi English School in Kalaburagi, is accused of facilitating large-scale cheating in the police recruitment exam conducted on October 3, 2021, at the school that was one of the centres.

The CID had obtained an arrest warrant for Hagaragi and three teachers from the school on April 19.

“The Congress has been trying to politicise the police recruitment exam issue but we have acted without any bias,” Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Friday. The Congress had claimed that Jnanendra was trying to protect Hagaragi whose house he had visited in February this year.
With this, the total number of arrests in the exam scam has gone up to 22. On Thursday, the CID arrested government employee Jyoti Patil who allegedly helped a woman candidate with answers in the exam through a Bluetooth device at Hagaragi’s school. According to the CID probe, the candidate had answered only 11 questions for 16.5 marks but scored 101 marks out of 150.

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As many as 22 candidates got selected from Hagaragi’s school. Her husband Rajesh Hagaragi was arrested by the CID last week. As many as seven candidates who took the police sub-inspector recruitment exam at the school have been arrested by the CID so far. The school headmaster, Kashinath, is among those still being sought by the CID.

The alleged prime accused who organised the rigging of the recruitment exam, R D Patil, a block president of the Congress party for the Afzalpur region in Kalaburagi district, and his brother Mahantesh Patil are among those arrested.

The recruitment exam for 545 police Sub-Inspectors — 438 across Karnataka and 107 in Kalyana Karnataka — was held on October 3, 2021, at 92 examination centres in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Davangere, and Tumkur. Nearly 54,000 candidates had appeared in the exam.

Karnataka Home Minister announces re-examination

The Karnataka government has withdrawn the PSI exam results and announced that re-examination will be conducted soon.
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Friday made the announcement, confirming that malpractices took place in more than one centre. Speaking to the media, Jnanendra said: “We will reduce the number of centres, and install network jammers as Bluetooth and other gadgets are being used.”

 

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