Teachers at a private school in Kalaburagi, who were appointed as invigilators for an exam to recruit 545 Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) for the Karnataka Police Department in October 2021, were tasked by the management of the of helping candidates cheat on the exam, according to details of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigation which have so far come to light in court.
During bail hearings for Rajesh Hagaragi, president of Jnana Jyothi School in Kalaburagi, and two teachers at the school, prosecutors told a court in Kalaburagi that the owners of the school had requested teachers who were invigilators to help designated candidates cheat on the exam. .
Up to eight of 11 candidates – including three who finished in the region’s top 10 – who were selected to be PSI after passing entrance tests at the school run by Divya Hagaragi, a local BJP leader , were arrested by CID So Far for their involvement in the exam scam.
Three teachers who were supervisors, the school principal, principal and Divya and her husband Rajesh have been arrested so far in the stage of Kalaburagi investigations which also led to the arrest of four officers who collected between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 80 lakh of candidates to help them cheat on the exam.
According to the details of the investigation presented to the courts so far, one of the invigilators said that she was the supervisor of room 4 (a), a room where the exam was held, and that those responsible school told him to help the candidates before the exam started.
The proctor said she was told that a guest teacher at the school, Archana S, who was also a proctor, would approach her with the answer keys during the exam. About 10 minutes before the end of the exam, the answer keys were provided and the invigilators would have filled in the answers that had been left blank by the candidates on their optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets.
The services of some of the candidates who were part of the cheating ring were also used at the exam center to fill in the answers that had been left blank by the candidates who paid bribes to pass the exam, discovered the CID probe. The CID investigation also revealed that the defendant ensured that the test center CCTV cameras did not capture the cheating.
Bail applications for 12 people arrested in Kalaburagi, including the Hagaragi couple and several candidates accused of cheating on the exam, were rejected by the Kalaburagi courts this week.
The CID is also investigating performance in other centers in Karnataka where the police recruitment exam was held last year. The CID nominated 22 candidates, including seven of the top 10 ranked candidates, who appeared for the examination at seven centers in Bangalore as defendants in the investigation stage in Bangalore.
The CID is also investigating the role of the Karnataka Police Recruitment Cell and its officers in the scam. One of the two police officers transferred from the recruitment cell was taken into custody by the CID on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the scam.
The exam scam came to light when it was discovered that a candidate Veeresh N, who took the exam at Jnana Jyothi school, scored 121 points in the recruitment exam despite not had answered the questions only for 31.5 points in an objective document carrying a total of 150 points. He ranked seventh out of 67 male candidates selected from Kalyana Karnataka region in the police examination.
The CID found that candidates received assistance in completing their OMR sheets from invigilators after answer keys were provided via Bluetooth devices.