PSC confirms irregularities in police constable rank list
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday confirmed that irregularities have taken place in the police constable examination for Kasaragod district in which three key accused in the Thiuvananthapuram University college murder attempt case secured top ranks.
PSC’s internal vigilance department, which held investigations in this regard following the violence in University college campus here, found that Shivranjith, Naseem and Pranav used modern technology to cheat during the examination and secured top ranks.
The credibility of PSC was under scrutiny after key accused in a murder attempt case, who had several police cases against them and failed to pass their respective university examinations, secured top ranks in the PSC examination.
Shivaranjith, the primary accused in the stabbing case, had secured first rank in the PSC examination. Naseem, the second accused in the stabbing case had secured 28th rank in the PSC exam while Pranav secured second rank in the PSC examination.
All three have been removed from the rank list. PSC has also decided to recommend to register a criminal case against the trio and conduct a detailed police investigation.
Earlier, PSC chairman M. K. Sakeer had stated that there were no irregularities in the examination and hence an internal inquiry was being held. However, the latest findings are against the PSC chairman’s statement. Sakeer had also announced that PSC appointments of those involved in the University college stabbing case will be postponed.
Though it is not clear what PSC means by using modern technology, it is assumed that the three accused received answers to the questions through messenger service to their mobile phones. The accused could also have used smart watches connected to smartphones.
Shivaranjith and Pranav received several SMS' from Pranav’s friend’s mobile phone when the examination was taking place. It is learned that these SMS’ were answers. All three appeared for the examination in different centres in Thiruvananthapuram but received the SMS’ at the same time.
The trio will receive a life time ban on appearing for PSC examinations. It is not clear if exam invigilators were involved. The investigation is progressing.