KPSC Scandal

The cash-for-posts scandal in the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) took a new turn with the department of personnel and administrative reforms (DPAR) filing a complaint with Vidhana Soudha police. DPAR had forwarded the complaints of Dr HPS Mythri and Ajay G with a note to register a first information report (FIR).

The police, before registering a case on Wednesday, consulted legal experts in the directorate of prosecution which recommended registering of the case. “The case will get referred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ultimately. The state’s director general of police (DGP) is empowered to refer the case to the CID,” said a senior police officer.

KPSC member Dr Mangala Sridhar and her personal assistant figure in the list of eight accused in the case.Meanwhile, advocate general Ravivarma Kumar had recommended a CBI probe. The government felt a CID probe will be speedier than one by CBI in which many formalities are involved in handing over the case. The government directed the CID to give its report within a month from the government order being issued.

Though chief minister Siddaramaiah announced a CID probe a week ago, the official order is yet to reach the investigating agency. The DPAR lodged the complaint against the KPSC board member following allegations by Dr Mythri, a candidate who appeared for the examination. The file has gone to the prosecution department as stronger sections related to the Indian Penal Code should be invoked before officially transferring the case to CID.

When the CM sought the advocate-general’s opinion on allegations, he, besides recommending a CBI probe, had also suggested the government withhold the list of selected candidates and decide on whether to accept the list based on the outcome of the probe. The cabinet note moved by DPAR contains the AG’s recommendations.

The government has the power to completely accept or reject or partially accept or reject the AG’s recommendations. The examination was held for 362 gazetted probationers posts (KAS Group A and B) in April-May 2013. The final list has been kept in abeyance till the probe is completed.

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