Activists prepare to approach HC to question selection of candidates for the interviews.
Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) interviews for recruitment of 362 Gazetted probationers starting from April 1, has come under a cloud with a large number of candidates and social activists preparing to approach the high court questioning selection list of candidates called for interview by the KPSC.
DS Parameshwarappa, an ex-serviceman and resident of Kasturinagar alleged huge irregularities in the entire process involving big money as bribes. “KPSC chairman Gonal Bhimappa’s term is ending in a month. The hurry with which the interview process is being done gives rise to many suspicions,” he said.
Parameshwarappa further alleged that KPSC had announced the list of candidates selected for interviews even before the re-totalling process, for candidates who had applied for the same for the written exam.
“I have specific information on KPSC not giving answer scripts sought through RTI Act,” he said.
A group of social activists N Vasudev, Harish Aradhya and Parameshwarappa had requested the election commission to postpone the interviews scheduled by the KPSC.
However, the commission said it won’t interfere with the working of KPSC, as it is an autonomous body.
In turn, Parameshwarappa has decided to take the matter to the HC, with a PIL. He further stated he would make the Election Commission also a party to it, for failing to act.
However the KPSC defended its actions, saying it was an autonomous institution, and the rule provides KPSC with the authority go ahead with regular appointments and promotions. But this is an irregular appointment, he asserted.
It may be recalled that selection of candidates for interview by KPSC in 1998, 1999 and 2004 too had raised a storm causing damage to its image.
According to Vasudev, the autonomous body does not have the authority to increase the number of posts if there are changes in re-totaling of any candidates. “Moreover, if there is a change, the entire list will have to be changed. We will bring up all these facts before the court,” he explained.
Sources said there was lot of confusion in the cut off-marks for candidates selected for oral interview. Many candidates who scored aggregate of over 900 marks out of total 1800 were not called for interview, while some with much lesser marks were summoned, sources added.
However, Gonal Bhimappa, Chairman of KPSC outrightly refuted all the charges. When asked about conducting interviews before the completion of retotaling, he said it would not make any difference as there would be no major changes in the re-totaling.
Responding to allegations of being in a hurry as he is set to retire in a month, Bhimappa clarified that along with him, another senior member N Ramakrishna would also be retiring, and decisions were not being taken by violating the rules. He added the KPSC would go ahead with the schedule of conducting interviews.