Toppers’ Scam: Former Education Board Chairman, Wife Arrested

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Patna: Former chairman of the Bihar State Education Board Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha were arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday in connection with Class 12 toppers’ scam.

The arrests were made based on a tip off about their presence in Varanasi. “Both will be brought to Patna on Monday itself and police will interrogate them,” Senior Superintendent of Police of Patna, Manu Maharaj said.

The Patna civil court had issued an arrest warrant last week against Singh, who is a key accused in the case and had gone underground after resigning from the board.

According to police, Singh and his wife Usha Sinha who is former Janata Dal-United (JDU) legislator of Bihar, were on the run after his name figured in the Class 12 toppers’ scam.

So far 10 persons have been arrested in the case, police said. Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, the mastermind behind the Class 12 Board merit list scam in Bihar, was arrested ten days ago after he surrendered to police.

Both Singh and Rai were wanted by the SIT in the ongoing investigation into the alleged irregularities in the results of the toppers in the Class 12 Arts and Science examinations held in 2016.

Evidence collected by the SIT indicates the board’s complicity and Singh’s role in the scam. Usha Sinha, a former JD(U) MLA from Hilsa and Principal of Ganga Devi college in Patna from which she was removed, is a co-accused in the case where degrees were allegedly awarded to undeserving students in lieu of a hefty sum of money.

 

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