Two senior education department officials among six detained in Karnataka teacher recruitment scam

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) investigating the Karnataka teacher recruitment scam arrested six people on Monday, including two senior officials from the Department of School Education and Literacy, officials said.

Those arrested were identified as Director of Karnataka Textbook Society, MP Madegowda, Director of Samagra Shikshana Abhiyana, S Geeta, three retired co-directors, DK Shivakumar, K Ratnaiah and GR Basavaraj, and computer programmer Narasimharao.

Previously, the CID had arrested 13 people in connection with the case concerning alleged irregularities in the recruitment process which took place in 2014-15. Three FIRs were lodged recently at the Vidhana Soudha police station, which were then handed over to the CID for investigation.

The arrests, sources said, were based on statements from teachers and KM Prasad, who was a first division assistant in the department. They had argued that senior officials had issued appointment decrees in a hurry without verifying the veracity of the documents presented by the candidates.

Sources alleged that the recruitment orders were issued on payment of Rs 5-10 lakh, even though the names of most of the candidates so appointed were on the supplementary list. The irregularities are said to have taken place in an organized manner and further details are expected to emerge as the investigation progresses.

According to CID sources, more department officials are likely to receive notices related to the scam. The scam, which occurred during Congress rule in Karnataka, is politically significant as the ruling BJP used the investigation to counter corruption allegations made against it by the opposition Congress.

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