BANGALORE: Skeletons are tumbling out of the cupboard of the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC), hit by a scam in the recruitment of gazetted probationary officers. The recruitment racket was well-oiled and streamlined. Details provided by KPSC members, officials and middlemen have left CID amazed.
The investigators told TOI every job had a fixed price. The posts of assistant commissioner, deputy superintendent of police and commercial tax officer fetched the highest price: Rs 40-Rs 60 lakh. A tahasildar's job could be obtained for Rs 20-Rs 30 lakh.
The price of the first posting played a role in determining the bribe.
A father-son duo would patronize people from their caste. They waived the bribe for those who agreed to marry girls and boys of their choice. The marriages were restricted to a sub-sect of their caste, CID sources revealed. A former KPSC president and a member would ensure the KPSC appointment letter was handed the same time that the nuptial knot was tied, they added.
"Thanks to these marriage-for-job deals, the father-son duo even now enjoy a loyal and formidable base not only in their caste but also in officialdom," the sources said.
The middlemen were savvy counselors, too. Even as they sold jobs for a price, they briefed the candidates on ways to recover the bribe money once they got postings. If candidates ran short of cash, the middlemen would extract promises from the aspiring officials that they would pay the balance after being posted.
"In such cases, the middlemen settled the corrupt deals of the newly posted officers," the investigators said.
Source: Times of India