Bengaluru: The Congress on Tuesday July 5 demanded a judicial inquiry in the police sub inspector (PSI) recruitment scam after a top IPS officer was arrested. The BJP hit back saying the developments in the case happened because of the state Home Minister’s action.
While former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah called for a judicial inquiry overseen by a sitting judge of the High Court, Karnataka Congress unit President D.K. Shivakumar demanded the resignations of the Chief Minister and Home Minister.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Shivakumar accused the State Government of trying to cover up the scam and said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra should resign on moral grounds.
“The current developments have cast a black spot on State’s reputation. The spot might seem small, but it has tarnished the image of the state and its administration,” Shivakumar said.
The state Congress chief said that if the chief minister and home minister fail to resign, then the Governor must step in and dismiss the State Government.
Stating that 1.2 lakh aspirants had applied for 545 PSI vacancies, Shivakumar alleged that around 300 appointments were made in return of bribes totalling between Rs 300 – Rs 500 crore. He alleged that only those who had paid bribes were arrested while the political bigwigs behind the scam had been let off.