Karnataka sub-inspector exam scam: Nexus beyond politics; Cong, BJP leaders both held


The fast-spiralling scam in police sub-inspector recruitment in Karnataka, that led to the cancellation Friday of the exam held in October 2021, has at the heart of it a BJP worker and a Congress leader of Kalaburagi district – underlining that political rivalry didn’t come in the way of the flourishing nexus that facilitated the cheating.

At one end is Divya Hagargi, a self-professed Hindu activist who was earlier women’s unit president of the BJP for Kalaburagi district and always remains in the news. It’s this spotlight that earned her a place both in the Karnataka State Nursing Council and Kalaburagi district’s DISHA Committee (or District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee, to oversee schemes, set up by the Union government).

Hagargi and her husband Rajesh also run an educational institution named Jnana Jyothi English Medium School under the Jnana Jyothi Institution.

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