KAS recruits attempt self-immolation after government decision to conduct re-exam
news Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 7, 2014 | 5.56 pm IST Karnataka Administrative Services aspirants tried to commit suicide by immolating themselves during a protest in Bangalore on Thursday. No one was hurt as the police intervened. The aggrieved candidates were protesting at Freedom Park in Bangalore and several of the protesters poured petrol on themselves in a bid to immolate themselves but police intervention prevented any untoward incident. Following a CID investigation, the state government had cancelled the appointment of 362 candidates who cleared the KPSC exams. The candidates were protesting against the government decision. Some of the candidates who spoke to the media said that there was no need to cancel the appointments of all the candidates as not all of them were fraudulent. They also said that the exams were difficult to crack and that it was not the same as writing a school exam. The scam pertains to 2011 in which the there were irregularities in the recruitment of 162 Group A and 200 Group B gazette probationers. In May 2014 the CID had filed a chargesheet in the case indicting around eight officials of the KPSC. The CID investigation revealed large scale malpractice and favouritism in the selection of candidates and chargesheeted KPSC officials under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The case first came to light in January 2013 after some candidates filed complaints alleging that candidates who had not cleared the written or oral exams had been selected. The Cabinet was earlier uncertain whether all the appointments should be declared null and void, but has now asked the candidates to take the exam again.