The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Bihar topper scam on Sunday recovered a pistol and five live rounds during a raid at the office of the VR College principal Baccha Rai. A few days back, gold worth ₹20 lakh was found from Rai’s residence in Vaishali. On Friday, he was sent to two-day remand over Bihar topper scam.
Former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha, who is former JD(U) leader, were arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) from Varanasi on Monday, in association with the Intermediate toppers’ scam case in the state.
A Patna civil court has issued a warrant against Singh, who is a key accused in the case and had gone underground after resigning from the board. Since the scam surfaced, Singh has been absconding.
After the furore over the BSEB examination toppers being unable to answer basic questions related to their stream eventually led to a re-examination, chief minister Nitish Kumar had earlier said the guilty won’t be spared called for an investigation into this matter.
On June 4, the Bihar board cancelled the results of two toppers including Sourabh Shrestha, of the Intermediate (Science) after the students failed to prove their merits in re-test exams.
On June 3, the board asked Sourabh and his college mate Rahul Kumar, who were among the 13 toppers from the arts and science streams in the Class XII exams, to reappear in a re-test after the controversy sparked over their results.
Among toppers, Saurabh Shrestha from the science stream had secured 485/500, was caught on camera failing to answer questions related to his subjects. Another topper, Ruby Rai from the arts, failed to take the re-test earlier on Friday. Rai had got 444/500 in the arts stream.