India News

Bihar topper scam: JD (U) hints at cancelling Usha Sinha’s membership

Bihar topper scam: JD (U) hints at cancelling Usha Sinha’s membership

Patna (Bihar) : The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday said that it would order the cancellation of Bihar topper scam accused Usha Sinha’s membership from the party.

“The JD (U) will order cancellation of Bihar toppers scam accused Usha Sinha’s membership from the party,” said state party president Vashishtha Narayan Singh.

A lower court in Patna had yesterday issued arrest warrants against Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and former JD (U) MLA Usha Sinha in connection with +2 toppers scandal in the state.

Singh resigned from his post last week following his alleged involvement in the scam.

Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, the mastermind behind the Class 12 scam, was arrested on Saturday after he surrendered before the police.

Both Singh and Rai are wanted by the Special Investigation Team in the ongoing investigation with regard to the alleged irregularities in the results of the toppers in the Class 12 Arts and Science examinations this year.

According to reports, the SIT has found evidences that suggest Singh’s role in the racket. The evidence collected also indicates the board’s complicity in the scam.

Last week, five persons arrested in this case were remanded in 14 days judicial custody by a local court in Patna.

An FIR was registered against four students and the director of the Vishun Roy College in connection with the scam.

Following the furore over the Bihar Board examination toppers being unable to answer basic questions related to their stream eventually leading to a re-examination, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier said the guilty won’t be spared, adding the investigation into this matter will be done with a criminal angle.

The BSEB earlier on June 4 cancelled the results of two toppers, including Sourabh Shrestha, of the Intermediate (Science) examinations after they failed to prove their merits in a re-test.

The board had on June 3 asked Sourabh and his college mate Rahul Kumar, who were among the 13 toppers from the arts and science streams in the Class XII examinations, to reappear in a re-test following a controversy over their merits.

Saurabh Shrestha from the science stream, who had secured 485 out of 500, was caught on camera failing to answer basic questions.

Ruby Rai, the arts topper, from the same college failed to take the re-test earlier on Friday citing health reasons.

Rai had secured 444 marks out of 500 in the arts stream. However, on camera she did not even appear to know the number of subjects in her course. (ANI)