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Bihar merit scam: Nitish says the matter will be investigated from criminal angle


PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today announced to probe the Class 12 merit scam with criminal angles saying the culprits would not be spared.

“Mere cancellation of results is not enough. The entire matter will be thoroughly investigated with criminal angles as well and the culprits will be punsihed,” the chief minister told the media today.

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The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) in the meanwhile constituted a three-member high-level committee headed by retired of Patna High Court Ghanshyam Prasad to probe the merit scam.

The other two members in the committee are GP Srivastava, another retired judge and Mithu Prasad, a retire IPS official.

The committee has been asked to submit the report at the earliest.

Yesterday, the BSEB cancelled the results of two of its grade 12 toppers for failing to answer even simple questions during the re-test conducted on Friday.

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The two toppers whose results were cancelled included Saurabh Shreshtha and Rahul Kumar—both from science stream.

Both are students of Vishun Rai College, Vaishali whose affiliation too was suspended by the BSEB.

“We decided to cancel their results as their knowledge was not found up to the mark,” BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh told the media today.

The BSEB, however, gave another chance to Arts topper Ruby Rai to prove her merit after she failed to appear at the re-test citing health problems. She too is a student of Vishun Rai College, Vaishali.

“We have asked her to appear for re-test again on June 11 failing which her result will be cancelled,” the chairman added.

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The BSEB ordered for re-test of 14 toppers from Science and Arts stream after two of its toppers Saurabh Shreshtha and Ruby Rai were found lacking basic knowledge of their respective subjects during a TV interview.

The Arts topper Ruby brought more embarrassment to the government when she pronounced political science as “Prodikal science” which he claimed was “all about cooking”.

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