MANGALURU: As the PSI recruitment scam rages on, a man from Hassan filed a complaint with the CEN police station here, accusing three people of taking Rs 40 lakh from him with the promise of getting a job as village accountant for his son.
He complained that one of the defendants claimed to be a CBI officer with high contacts with politicians and bureaucrats. The plaintiff, Krishna Gowda, father of Darshan, said that Nagabhushan from Bengaluru, Narayana Swamy from Vamanjoor in Mangaluru, Mahesh Bhat from Mulki near Mangaluru and Dinesh from Moodbidre took Rs 40 lakh from him.
Darshan and three others – Hemavathi from Hassan, Lohith from Chikkamagauru and Mohammad Sharif from Bengaluru – had met at a training center in Bengaluru. They had applied for the post of village accountant in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan respectively. Mahesh Bhat used to visit the house of Nirmala Venkataswamy, who is Sharif’s neighbor.
Accused claimed he was a CBI officer: Complaint
When Sharif told Bhat that he and his friends had applied for a VA job, the latter claimed that he knew a ‘CBI officer’ named Narayanaswamy, who has high contacts with senior officials and politicians and that he would help her get the job. In 2019, the four VA aspirants visited Bhat’s house in Mulki and met Narayanaswamy, who asked them to pay Rs 40 lakh each.
Narayanaswamy told them that he would do the job by Nagabhushan and Dinesh. Darshan paid Rs 8 lakh in 2019 and later paid Rs 32 lakh after he received a fake date letter which he believed to be true. However, after some time, Darshan realized that it was a fake date letter and asked the defendant for the original date letter. Then the accused threatened to kill them. The defendants were convicted under various sections of the IPC, including 420 (cheating) and 465 (forgery).