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Tuesday, January 31 2023

1998 KPSC scam: State govt demotes 11 IAS officers as per court orders

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Bengaluru: The state government has decided to demote 11 IAS officers in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court pertaining to the appointment of KAS officers of the 1998 batch KPSC Gazetted Probationers.

As the government has released its rollout regarding the revised list of KAS official appointments, as many as 11 IAS officials are expected to be demoted and 36 gazetted officers are likely to lose their jobs. As per the rollout, 115 officials will be reshuffled.

It can be recalled that, earlier, a case was filed in the Karnataka High Court regarding the 1998 KPSC scam. The court had pronounced its verdict that the eligible candidates must be appointed on priority, with the exclusion of the ineligible.

A review petition was filed in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of the Karnataka HC, which was rejected. The Apex Court upheld the High Court’s decision.

As the government had not adhered to the courts’ decision, a ‘Contempt of Court’ motion against the government was filed in the High Court. While the case is still being heard, on November 14, the Court gave a four-week deadline to the state government to implement the orders.

In order to save itself from the ‘Contempt of Court’ case, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has directed the Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar to implement the revised list.

The previous state governments in power had decided to bring in an ordinance, to safeguard the IAS officers who were about to be demoted. For this, there was no approval from the Governor of Karnataka. The government was advised by the law department, finance department and the advocate general to follow the courts’ orders.

Although the case was sorted out, the KAS cadre officers were not promoted to the IAS cadre. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had clarified with the state government that the promotion of KAS officer to IAS was not possible as the High Court had ordered the submission of a revised list to the selection committee in connection to the KAS officers to be promoted as IAS.

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