13 June, 2021

Scam-Grab That Job

Scam-Grab That Job

Scams in government are passé. Getting jobs through scams is the new specialisation in Tamil Nadu. The state police have unearthed a massive scandal in the examination process of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission for various state government posts.

A network of scamsters used fading inks to shade boxes in answer-sheets, which were pulled out en route from the van transporting them, and the correct boxes got marked before the sheets were put back in the van. The scandal was discovered when 32 candidates for the Group IV exam from a single centre in Ramanathapuram district landed on the top 100 of the selection list, with a shepherd being the topper. Interestingly 99 candidates from other districts had chosen this particular centre, far away from their hometowns, paying a few lakh rupees to agents ahead of the exam in September 2019. Now all of 99 have been banned for life from any government exams or jobs.

While questioning 16 people arrested in the case, many of them serving government servants, the CB-CID found that Jayakumar, the missing mastermind...

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