Bengaluru News highlights: Some in police dept exposed scam in recruitment of PSI, says Kumaraswamy – The Indian Express

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday claimed that the alleged scam in the recruitment of police sub-inspectors (PSI) was made public by some within the police department to “teach a lesson” to the BJP government. The former Chief Minister said it was in retaliation to some BJP leaders humiliating an honest officer. “Ask them (the government) to first find out how it (scam) came out…according to my information, the police department itself leaked information,” Kumaraswamy said.
Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah alleged Wednesday that the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam in the state was worth Rs 300 crore and demanded a judicial probe monitored by a sitting high court judge. “Though the government admitted there was malpractice, the recruitment wing additional general of police Amrit Paul and Dy SP Shantha Kumar have been transferred after the scam was exposed. I am asking the government why they have not suspended or registered a FIR against these officers,” Siddaramaiah asked in a press meet held on Wednesday.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said Union Home Minister Amit Shah will communicate to him on BJP central leadership’s decision about expansion or reshuffle of the state cabinet. Shah was in the city on Tuesday, during which he took part in various events, and attended lunch at Bommai’s official residence where he was closeted with select state BJP leaders. “He (Shah) said, he will talk (to me), after going to Delhi,” Bommai said in response to a question on what Shah has communicated to him regarding cabinet expansion or reshuffle.
JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday claimed that the alleged scam in the recruitment of police sub-inspectors (PSI) was made public by some within the police department to “teach a lesson” to the BJP government.
The former Chief Minister said it was in retaliation to some BJP leaders humiliating an honest officer. “Ask them (the government) to first find out how it (scam) came out…according to my information, the police department itself leaked information,” Kumaraswamy said.
Speaking to reporters in Channapatna, he said the expose was connected to the murder of 22-year-old Chandru in Bengaluru last month. (PTI)
With no leads yet on the whereabouts of the man who attacked a 24-year-old woman with acid in Bengaluru on April 28, the police on Wednesday released the photographs of the accused, identified as Nagesh Babu, and asked the public for help in tracing him. Meanwhile, the woman is still battling for her life at a hospital in the city.
Babu, a resident of Hegganahalli in Bengaluru, runs a small garment factory. A senior police officer said that seven teams, comprising over 100 policemen, have been deployed to look for Babu. Read more
The Bengaluru Police have arrested nine persons, including two juveniles, who allegedly kidnapped a 33-year-old man on Saturday and subsequently murdered him. The police suspect that one of the prime accused was in relationship with the deceased’s wife which reportedly led to the murder.
The arrested were identified as Nadeem Pasha, Mohammed Shafi, Shabbir Hussain, Hannan Pasha, Mohammed Mubarak, Thabrez Pasha and Tanveer Pasha. The deceased was identified as Joheb Abrar, a resident of Chandra Layout, who works as a metal fabricator. Read more
Narayana Nethralaya, in collaboration with Acer India, on Wednesday announced the launch of ‘VisioNova’, a personal computer (PC)-plus-tablet-based software, aimed at providing better access to treatment of visually impaired children.
VisioNova is designed as a mobile alternative to on-site therapy for children suffering from cortical visual impairment (CVI), a condition of bilateral visual loss, caused due to injury of visual areas in the brain without significant eye or anterior visual pathway impairment.
With 161 children in every one lakh born with CVI, the country has declared it a top priority issue and classified it as one of 30 conditions that all babies must receive mandatory screenings for, a release said. (PTI)
The investigation into the alleged corruption in the examination held to select 545 police sub inspectors (PSI) in Karnataka witnessed a twist with 28 candidates approaching the Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal (KAT) against the en masse cancellation of exams and fresh exams ordered by the Additional Director General of Police Recruitment.
Over 54,000 candidates took the written exams across 93 centres on October 3, 2021. After allegations that the answer-sheets of some candidates who wrote the exams held at the Gynanajyothi English Medium School at Kalaburagi were tampered with, a preliminary inquiry was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and a case registered.
Subsequently, another case was registered in Bengaluru. Police have so far arrested 30 people in connection with the scam. (PTI)
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Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah alleged Wednesday that the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam in the state was worth Rs 300 crore and demanded a judicial probe monitored by a sitting high court judge.
“Though the government admitted there was malpractice, the recruitment wing additional general of police Amrit Paul and Dy SP Shantha Kumar have been transferred after the scam was exposed. I am asking the government why they have not suspended or registered a FIR against these officers,” Siddaramaiah asked in a press meet held on Wednesday.
On October 3, 2021, 54,000 candidates appeared for an examination for 545 PSI posts, conducted across 92 centres in seven cities in Karnataka. The Criminal Investigation Department of the Karnataka Police has now found evidence of large-scale cheating in the exam. Read more
A new paper by research organisation World Resources Institute (WRI) India shows how growing trees outside forests (ToF), particularly agroforestry, a landscape technique where farmers add trees to their land-and in and near cities, can offer manifold environmental and socioeconomic benefits.
In 2014, India became the first country to come up with a national agroforestry policy. The research stated that India’s policy framework provides multiple incentives that promote agroforestry, urban forestry and other approaches to increase the number of trees outside forests but despite the enabling policy conditions, farmers and other practitioners still struggle to sustain and enjoy the benefits of these systems.
The researchers Marie Duraisame, Ruchika Singh and Swati Chaliha analysed the incentives of the implementation of trees outside forests in six states — Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab and Telangana — to identify enabling conditions that can spur its expansion as well as the impediments. Read more
Members of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Karnataka unit Wednesday staged a protest in Bengaluru demanding a comprehensive investigation into the alleged KPSC’s PWD engineers recruitment examination and PSI recruitment examination scams. pic.twitter.com/HmYhatqEeE
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said Union Home Minister Amit Shah will communicate to him on BJP central leadership’s decision about expansion or reshuffle of the state cabinet.
Shah was in the city on Tuesday, during which he took part in various events, and attended lunch at Bommai’s official residence where he was closeted with select state BJP leaders. “He (Shah) said, he will talk (to me), after going to Delhi,” Bommai said in response to a question on what Shah has communicated to him regarding cabinet expansion or reshuffle.
Asked about speculations over a cabinet reshuffle and having Deputy Chief Ministers, he said, “It is something, I’m getting to know from you (media).” Shah’s visit to the city came amid buzz over possible changes in the leadership, and pressure to rejig or expand the cabinet, ahead of Assembly polls in 2023. (PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Tuesday that his ministry is developing a database “to monitor hawala transactions, terrorist funding, counterfeit currency, narcotics, bomb threats, illegal arms smuggling, and other terrorist activities”.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Bengaluru facility for National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), Shah said that the removal of barriers that prevented sharing of critical intelligence data would help security agencies across the states take quick and decisive action against threats.
The joint statement issued by the All Saints Church congregation and citizens groups such as Heritage Beku and Environment Support Group (ESG) Monday termed the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL) announcement to modify the design of the proposed underground station at the Rashtriya Military School station (formerly Vellara Junction) as a “win win for all”. Read More
The standing committee of National Board for Wildlife in its 67th meeting has recommended the underground water pipeline project for which the diversion of 0.0642 ha of forest land of Puradala state forest falling under Shettihalli Wildlife Division in Shivamogga was required. The laying of pipelines required for irrigation will pass through the forest connecting revenue land in survey number 21 of Puradala Village to Survey number 92 of Aladevara Hosur Village. Read More
Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has demanded the suspension of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Amrit Paul and Deputy SP Shantha Kumar, who were in the recruitment wing when the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment examination scam took place. The state government has admitted that there was malpractice and asked why these two police officers have been transferred and no FIR has been registered or action taken against them.
A visit to Bengaluru on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which was expected to provide an indication regarding the BJP’s strategy for the 2023 Assembly polls, did not yield any outcome, with meetings scheduled for him with the state BJP core committee and party leaders cancelled.
Shah arrived in Bengaluru on Monday night, amid speculation that this could finally lead to a change of Chief Minister and the state Cabinet, which has been speculated upon for long.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Karnataka is holding a protest to gherao and locking up the headquarters of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) on Wednesday demanding proper investigation into the KPSC and alleged Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam.
“KPSC was created with an aim to provide jobs for the youth of the State. But it has failed its mandate and has become a shop where jobs are being sold for crores of rupees. We will lock up Udyoga Soudha,” AAP said in a release.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka Police Monday night arrested three persons, including a chartered accountant, in connection with the alleged Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam.
The arrested were identified as Chandrakanth Patil, the chartered accountant and a resident of Kalaburagi, Prabhu, a candidate, and his father Sharanappa.
Reportedly, Chandrakanth was the auditor of Mahanthesh Patil, Congress’s former Afzalpur block president, and his brother Rudragouda. The police also said that Prabhu wrote the PSI examination at the MSI college in Kalaburagi and his father Sharanappa had reportedly paid money so that his son clears the examination. Read more
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday received a big boost with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah asking him to continue without heeding to the speculations about leadership change, sources close to Bommai said.
Shah also assured Bommai that the next Assembly elections, due next year under his leadership and there was no question of any change of guard in Karnataka, the sources added.
“Amit Shah has given a clear direction to the Chief Minister not to bother about the leadership change, which people are talking about. He told him to go ahead and focus on development. We will contest elections on development, due to which we are successful,” sources said. (PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, along with others, take part in the closing ceremony of the Khelo India University Games in Bengaluru, Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/n9dN3kvjg4
A visit to Bengaluru on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which was expected to provide an indication regarding the BJP’s strategy for the 2023 Assembly polls, did not yield any outcome, with meetings scheduled for him with the state BJP core committee and party leaders cancelled.
Shah arrived in Bengaluru on Monday night, amid speculation that this could finally lead to a change of Chief Minister and the state Cabinet, which has been speculated upon for long. Read full Political Pulse
Amit Shah arrived in Bengaluru on Monday night, amid speculation that this could finally lead to a change of Chief Minister and the state Cabinet, which has been speculated upon for long.
The senior BJP leader was scheduled to attend a lunch hosted by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for BJP ministers, MLAs and MPs at his residence, and chair separate meetings of the BJP state core committee, party functionaries and various party units.
The meetings were scheduled to spell out strategies for the 2023 Assembly polls and indicate the possible changes in government. But after the lunch at Bommai’s official residence, the meetings with the party units were abruptly cancelled.
 
By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: May 4, 2022 9:02:09 am
Advertisement Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, during a programme, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. A visit to Bengaluru on Tuesday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which was expected to provide an indication regarding the BJP’s strategy for the 2023 Assembly polls, did not yield any outcome, with meetings scheduled for him with the state BJP core committee and party leaders cancelled.
Shah arrived in Bengaluru on Monday night, amid speculation that this could finally lead to a change of Chief Minister and the state Cabinet, which has been speculated upon for long.
The senior BJP leader was scheduled to attend a lunch hosted by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for BJP ministers, MLAs and MPs at his residence, and chair separate meetings of the BJP state core committee, party functionaries and various party units.
Also read |Amit Shah in town, big JD(S) Lingayat name joins BJP The meetings were scheduled to spell out strategies for the 2023 Assembly polls and indicate the possible changes in government. But after the lunch at Bommai’s official residence, the meetings with the party units were abruptly cancelled.
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For days now, there has been speculation – also fuelled from within BJP ranks — that the BJP will go in for a complete change of the Cabinet in Karnataka, like it had done in Gujarat.

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