Bihar Merit Toppers Case : 2 More Arrested by Special Investigation Team


Bihar : The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday arrested two more people in connection with the Bihar merit list scandal. They were allegedly "working" for former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, who is absconding at present. Singh's wife has been named as a "non-FIR" accused.

The arrested persons are Ajit Shaktiman, an ad hoc lecturer with Patna College and Sandeep Kumar Jha, a teacher with Sanskrit Shiksha Board on a deputation from Sanskrit College, Bhagalpur, senior superintendent of police, Manu Maharaj told reporters. With today’s arrest, the total number of persons held have gone upto eight including the alleged kingpin of the toppers’ scandal, Bachha Rai, who was on Saturday arrested after he surrendered at Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district. Both (Ajit and Sandeep) of them were “working as agents” for Lalkeshwar Singh and were in constant touch with Singh’s wife and a former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, the SSP said, adding, his wife’s involvement in the scandal has also come to the fore during the investigation.

Ajit and Sandeep have confessed to their crime while Usha Sinha is absconding, he said. They used to manage centres besides changing copies and helping people in providing marks, said Maharaj, who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on merit muddle in Bihar Intermediate Examination. Bachha Rai, who is Secretary-cum Principal of controversial Bishun Rai College arrived at the Bhagwanpur police station to give himself up after which he was arrested.