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In connection with the Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment fraud in Karnataka, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested BJP politician Divya Hagargi on Friday.

Divya was apprehended from a hideout in Pune, Maharashtra, and is anticipated to be transported to Kalaburgi this morning, according to police sources. She is the case's 18th suspect to be apprehended. Rajesh Hagargi, Divya's husband, had been caught previously, but she had managed to flee.

Divya was the president of the BJP's women section in Kalaburagi and administers the Jnana Jyothi Institution, an educational institution in Kalaburgi. The party distanced itself from her once the incident became public, claiming she had nothing to do with it. Locals and police officials, however, affirm that she was a member of the BJP and held roles in the party. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra paid Divya a visit in February. This was after the recruitment results were announced.

After an applicant named Veeresh received 121 marks in the recruitment exam despite only attempting 21 questions, Divya's name came up in the CID's investigation. Jnana Jyothi Institution was his examination centre. Veeresh had placed seventh, but the investigation proved that he had cheated.

Multiple applicants engaged in malpractice in Divya's institution, according to police sources.

Despite the fact that the local Deputy Director of Public Instruction advised against holding exams owing to a lack of basic facilities in the institution, the police recruitment wing chose the centre. During the PSI assessment last October, the CCTV cameras were not functional.

The results were published in January after 54,041 students from around the state applied for the 545 PSI positions.