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Thiruvananthapuram,July12,2014

Acaseofmethodicaldistortion
G.ANAND

CBunravelsthestrangecaseofKUassistantgradeexam
AnuS.NairemergedfirstintherecentKeralaCivilServicesexaminationforselectiontothepostofDeputyCollector,RevenueDepartment.
In2005,hehadfailedintheKeralaUniversity(KU)AssistantGradeIIexaminationdespitescoringhigh.Itspeaksvolumesaboutthe
fairnessofthetesttakenby43,358universitygraduatesfor350jobvacanciesinJulythatyear.
Subsequently,175wereappointed.TheunemploymentrateinKeralain2005wasanestimated19percentandindignantcandidates,manyof
whomwererejecteddespitehighscores,movedthecourtagainstthedubiousselectionprocess.
TheCrimeBranch,whichinvestigatedtheircomplaintsatthebehestoftheHighCourt,hasnowrevealedhowthehopesofmanyeligible
younghopefulshadbeendashedforthebenefitoftheprivilegedfewfavouredbythoseattheKUshelm.
Itsdraftcharge,recentlyapprovedbythegovernmentforprosecution,detailsthemethodicaldistortionoftheselectionprocesstofacilitate
corruptionandnepotism.
Thequestionpaperintheopticalmarkrecognition(OMR)formatwasleaked.Theanswersheetswerevaluedattheprivatepresswherethey
wereprinted.
Answersheets
Theanswersheetsofthecandidatesearmarkedforappointmentweresentforvaluationwithoutseparatingthepartdetailingtheiridentity.
Atleast46answersheetswerereportedmissingbyevaluatorsatthepress,whoalsotalliedthefinalmarksincludingthatforthewrittentest.
Somecandidateswereissuedtwohalltickets.
Theattendancesheetsofcandidatesatexaminationcentres,nominalrolls,weredestroyedwhentheirregularitybecamepublic.
Theanswersheetsweredestroyed.Theanswerkeywaspublishedbelatedly.
Interviewscore
Totalmarkswasscaleddownfrom100to75andthescorefortheinterviewwasuppedfrom20to25inviolationofuniversitystatutesand
courtorders,therebyopeningthedoorformalpractice.Theinterviewboardrarelyhadquorumwhenitmet.TheKUhadcollectedRs.43lakh
asexaminationfeefromthecandidates.
TheCrimeBranchsubmittedatrancheofdocumentsincourtasevidenceandlistedscoresofpersons,includingcandidates,aswitnessesin
itschargesheet.
ADGPS.Aananthakrishan,SPA.AkbarandDy.SP.P.GopakumaranNairinvestigatedthecase.
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