The heat generated by the police sub-inspector (PSI) exam scam refuses to go out.
On Saturday, more than 300 candidates who had passed the October 3, 2021 exam staged a protest at Freedom Park in the heart of Bangalore against the government
decision to cancel the results of the examination.
The protest was so loud that it caught the attention of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, prompting him to rush to the scene.
The government had canceled the results and ordered a new exam in April, after it emerged that many candidates had snuck out due to professional misconduct.
Thirty two of them have been arrested so far in Bengaluru, Kalaburagi and other parts of Karnataka.
Additionally, an assistant superintendent of police and several staff working in the state police recruiting wing were arrested for manipulating the results in favor of applicants who bribed them.
At Freedom Park, protesters called the government’s decision “arbitrary and unfair”.
“Why punish everyone for the misdeeds of a few,” pleaded Rakesh C, an engineer who is among the successful candidates.
Applicants were just days away from receiving nomination letters when the scam went off.
Rakesh called on the government to weed out all “dishonest” candidates and send nomination letters to the rest.
In a statement, State Police Chief Praveen Sood promised in April, but the government thought otherwise.
The candidates submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, who promised to “reconsider” the decision to overturn the exam results, but only after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submits a final report.
Candidates are not backing down. They have already challenged the government’s decision in the Karnataka Administrative Court and a hearing is scheduled for June 2.