IAS aspirant Manjunath, who had committed suicide over an alleged goof up in the civil service exams results, did not even qualify in the preliminary exams, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said today.
The UPSC, which conducts the prestigious examination to select IAS, IPS and IFS among others, today denied that there was any error in the final results as reported in the media.
According to UPSC, a candidate by the name of V Y Manjunath, son of Yadav Murthy VP, had applied for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012.
"He was allotted roll no 538950 and was allotted Bangalore centre for this examination. The candidate had actually appeared from this centre under roll no 538950.
However, he has failed to qualify in the Civil Services (Prelim) Examination, 2012," the Commission said.
Hence V Y Manjunath, having not qualified the preliminary examination was not a candidate for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and accordingly could not have appeared for the mains and subsequent interview as claimed in a section of the press, it said.
It is also confirmed from our records that no candidate with this roll number (538950) or with the name (Manjunath V Y) had appeared for the Civil Services Main Examination or the interview, the UPSC said.
24-year-old Manjunath, a resident of Shrirampura in Bangalore, had allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in an under construction building on May 10 after he had left for his friend's house in Kodagu area, police had said.
According to police, he was upset over a 'goof-up' in the UPSC results.
Manjunath was upset over finding a different name under his roll number in the list of selected candidates in this year's civil services examination, the police had said.
The victim had secured 264th rank in the examination, but in the final results after the interview, a different name was mentioned under his roll number on the list, the police had said.
Manjunath had reportedly contacted UPSC officials and also written to them seeking clarification over the alleged mix-up in the result. Aggrieved over no response, he took the extreme step, police had said.
The UPSC, however, said it had received a fax message on May 7, 2013 from one G S Pradeep Kumar claiming to be a friend of Manjunath in which it was said that in the result list announced by the Commission the name of B Ashwin against the roll No 538745 has been indicated instead of Manjunath.
"No letter or representation was even received in the Commission from the candidate himself," the Commission said.
It is confirmed that as per the records of the Commission B Ashwin son of K Bhaskaran having roll no 538745 was a candidate and he has qualified in the Civil Services Main examination, 2012 and is figuring in the list of finally recommended candidates by the Commission.
"Hence the result announced by the Commission is correct and correctly indicates the name of B Ashwin having roll no 538745," it said.
The UPSC has expressed sorrow and grief over Manjunath's death. "The Commission expresses sorrow and grief on this unfortunate incident and expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," it said.