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Bihar exam scam: Heads roll as police ups ante; toppers summoned, BSEB chairman resigns

Bihar School Examination Board Chairman Lalkeshawar Prasad today tendered his resignation from the post amid mounting pressure on him to step down.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk Published on: June 08, 2016 13:46 IST
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Patna: Faced with huge embarrassment over the results of the class X and Intermediate exams of the state board, Bihar police has now picked pace in its investigations into the incident. The renewed push comes after CM Nitish Kumar’s stern directive to catch hold of the perpetrators and bring them to book. As a first casualty in the incident, Bihar School Examination Board Chairman Lalkeshawar Prasad today tendered his resignation from the post amid mounting pressure on him to step down. 

On Tuesday, police had interrogated Lalkeshwar for over five hours in context with the forgery done during the Bihar board exams.  

Investigations into the racket too appear to be gathering pace. A day after an FIR was registered against the ‘forged’ toppers in Bihar board exams, a Patna police team today handed over summons to their parents asking them to produce their wards before police for interrogation in the Bihar Board exams forgery case. 

The police team reached the houses of Bihar 10+2 Science topper Saurabh Shrestha and Rahul Kumar and Arts topper Ruby Rai early morning to give the summons to their family. 

All the three ‘tainted’ toppers are students of Bishun Rai College, Bhagwanpur in Vaishali district. The institution was in controversies last year after complaints of large-scale irregularities were filed against it.

“We have formed three teams which are conducting raids at many places in Patna and Vaishali. We are questioning all officials related to the toppers scam” Patna SSP Manu Maharaj told India Today. 

Patna police teams have also searched the Rajendra Nagar Boys High School where the answer sheets of Bishun Rai College students were evaluated. During the search, they seized the list of invigilators and evaluators. 

They also raided Bishun Rai College but could not find Baccha Rai who is the owner of the institution and is also considered close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. 

On the other hand, Lalu Prasad distanced himself from the matter saying that he is unaware about Baccha Rai and he should be sent to jail. 

"Who is Baccha Rai? How did he make so many toppers? He has committed crime and he should be arrested and sent to jail. Because of this incident Bihar's image has been tarnished", replied Lalu when questioned about his connection with Bishun Rai College owner Baccha Rai.  

Last month, Arts topper Ruby Rai, in an interview to media, had called political science as "prodigal science", which according to her was about cooking, and has been directed to face experts on 11 June.

Another science topper from the intermediate college was not able to explain the link between and water and H2O.

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