Bangalore: Karnataka Government has ordered a probe by the Lokayukta into alleged irregularities in the recruitment of 102 candidates for clerk-cum-cashier jobs by the Karnataka State Cooperative Apex Bank Limited here.
Replying to a calling attention motion moved by JDS member H C Balakrishna in the Assembly, Law Minister S Suresh Kumar also said status quo would be maintained with regard to the recruitment till the Lokayukta probe was completed.
Balakrishna alleged the selection committee had acted in a biased manner while selecting candidates for jobs. Candidates who had secured highest marks in the written examination, were denied jobs citing poor marks in the interviews conducted by the panel.
He demanded that the recruitment process be held again.
Kumar, replying on behalf of the Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, said the bank issued appointment orders to 102 candidates on February 2, 2013. It was found that many, who had scored highest marks in the written examination, have not been selected for jobs.
The written test was conducted on December 30, 2012, in four subjects for 200 marks. Twenty-five per cent marks were allotted for oral test. The bank had received a total of 6,172 applications for the posts.