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Bihar merit scam: FIR registered against four BSEB grade 12 toppers, examination officials


PATNA: In a new twist to the Bihar merit scam, the police have registered First Information Report (FIR) against four grade 12 toppers of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB).

They include Saurabh Shreshtha, Rahul Kumar and Ruby Rai and Shalini Kumari—the first two from the science stream and the last two from the Arts stream.

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Saurabh was declared science topper while Ruby was announced as Arts Topper. Rahul was declared as third topper in science stream and Shalini was declared as seventh topper in Arts stream.

Of them, the results of three toppers except Shalini have been cancelled by the BSEB as they failed the re-test conducted on Friday.

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The FIR was registered with the Kotwali police station in Patna shortly past midnight on Monday by Rajiv Prasad Singh Ranjan, director, Secondary Education, Education Department.

In the case lodged under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPC, the officials of the Vishun Rai College, Vaishali, examination superintendent, invigilator, evaluation centre superintendent, examiners and others too have been made accused.

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The accused persons have been charged with indulging in frauds and hatching criminal conspiracy with the intent to benefit certain persons.

The FIR followed a high-level meeting held by chief minister Nitish Kumar late Monday night during which he ordered for immediate registration of case against the accused persons, finding it a “criminal act”.

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“The entire matter smacks of conspiracy. When the matter is crystal clear, what’s the point in ordering an inquiry? This requires (police) investigation, not inquiry,” chief minister said.

The chief minister also dissolved both the inquiry committees formed by the BSEB chairman and the Education Department.

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Especially, the government has taken a very note of the BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad for his bizarre move to order a judicial probe into the merit scam, and show-caused him for this action.

The BSEB chairman has been asked to reply within 24 hours as to how did he order a judicial probe into the matter without obtaining government’s permission.

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