A major scam unfolded when police acted on a tip-off with regard to the Karnataka Public Service Examination. When police apprehended 14 people involved in the examination paper leak. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa warned on Sunday that any employee of the Karnataka Public Service Commission found guilty will be sacked, expressing indignation over the leak of the first division assistant examination question paper, for which 14 people were arrested.
“I am not only ready to suspend the officials involved in the leak of question papers, but also dismiss them from service if found guilty,”Yedurappa told the reporters.
On Saturday, the KPSC cancelled the twin tests, which were to be conducted across the state for 1,114 FDA posts on Sunday.
“Stringent action will be taken against the guilty involved in the case, as leaking questions papers is an unpardonable act and a crime,” the Chief Minister said.
According to KPSC Secretary G. Satyavathi, a whopping 3,74,000 candidates applied for the posts and 2,82,000 downloaded their hall ticket to appear for the exams in two sessions — general knowledge in the morning and language proficiency in the afternoon.
On a tip-off, six defendants, including Kingpins Rachappa and Chandru, were first arrested in the city on Saturday by Central Crime Branch sleuths and filed a case against them. They had supposedly sold the question papers to many of the work aspirants for Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
In the state Commercial Tax Department, Chandru is confirmed to be an inspector.
Eight more people, including some KPSC officers, were arrested by the CCB on Sunday under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for paper leakage.
The CCB sleuths also recovered copies of the question papers, Rs 24 lakh in cash and three vehicles from the two kingpins in a raid conducted on their premises on Saturday night.
The KPSC informed the candidates through SMS that the exams on Sunday were cancelled and would be held at a later date.