KEA Admin Officer Accused of Rigging CET Quotas Suspended
By Rashmi Belur | Published: 02nd February 2014 08:13 AM |
The state government has suspended S P Kulkarni, administrative officer of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), following a scandal in which quotas and categories were manipulated to help ineligible students get medical and engineering seats.
KEA executive director Dr Rame Gowda submitted an inquiry report on Saturday, following which the government suspended Kulkarni.
Confirming this to Express, Koushik Mukherjee, chief secretary, said, “I have initiated action against Kulkarni and we are also forwarding the case to the CID.” Express had carried a detailed report on the scandal in Saturday’s edition. The scandal came to light when Rame Gowda looked into a case in which a rural seat had been given to a student who had studied in a city for 12 years.
The inquiry looked into the documents of over 7,000 candidates who got seats under various quotas in 2013. It found 70 cases of fudging.
To benefit under the rural category, a student must have studied continuously for 10 years in a rural area. The candidate is also required to submit a certificate from the school and college authorities and another from the tahsildar.
The authorities suspect officials made big money by selling quota seats. Of the 70 fraud cases, eight to 10 are medical seats and the rest are engineering seats at top colleges.
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Once the scandal came to light, the KEA had sent administrative officer S P Kulkarni on leave. On Saturday, it suspended him. In 2012, he had been sent out of the KEA following allegations of corruption. But he was back in the same post days later. The scandal deprived genuine quota students of their seats; they ended up paying more since they were pushed to the general merit category. “As of now the inquiry covers only the 2013 CET. What about previous years? Kulkarni also conducted the exams from 2009 to 2011,” said a KEA employee.