Kerala HC observes wider probe needed on PSC appointments

Kerala HC observes wider probe needed on PSC appointments

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Kochi, 31 Aug 2019: The Kerala High Court on Friday said that a wider probe into the recent appointments in government services by Public Service Commission (PSC) is mandatory to regain the credibility.

Justice B Sudheendra Kumar observed that the three SFI leaders scored top ranks in PSC exams through fraud was disappointing. Normally, public believes that only deserving people get appointment through PSC. “The accused, who wrote the exam, could obtain the answers while sitting in the exam hall. This could not be done without the aid of another, who had access to the question papers,” observed the court.

The court issued the order dismissing the anticipatory bail petition filed by D Safeer of Kallara, Thiruvananthapuram, fourth accused in the PSC exam fraud case involving SFI leaders of University College, Thiruvananthapuram. According to the prosecution, the petitioner had sent the answers to SFI leaders Sivarenjith, P P Pranav and A N Nazeem from his phone.

The PSC exam fraud was unearthed during an investigation into the attack against Akhil, student of University College, Thiruvananthapuram. The petitioner argued the prosecution could not state as to how he came in possession of the answers. Hence, custodial interrogation is not necessary. Public Prosecutor V Sreeja submitted that the petitioner sent answers to the first accused, Sivarenjith, through SMSes. The prosecution could not so far find out as to how the petitioner and the fifth accused could collect the answers, hence their custodial interrogation is necessary. The court directed the accused to surrender before the investigating officer within 10 days.