Bihar toppers scam: BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Singh resigns


PATNA : Sensing trouble over ongoing investigation into Class 12 merit list muddle, Bihar School Examination Board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh resigned on Wednesday, officials said. Lalkeshwar Singh today resigned from his post shortly after the Nitish Kumar government issued a show cause notice against him over the controversy surrounding the state's dubious Intermediate examination toppers, who have been found to be clueless about their subjects.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had interrogated the BSEB chairman on Tuesday and seized some computers and hard disks. “Experts will examine the computers and the hard disks to collect more information on the results of Class 12 Science and Arts examinations,” a senior SIT official said.

The preliminary investigation by the SIT so far has suggested irregularities in the results of the toppers in the Science and Arts examinations. “Their original answer sheets have been changed with separate pages containing answers which were pasted later,” the official said. The case against the students was registered on Tuesday after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered that an FIR be lodged and the matter be investigated.

Confirming the development, Kotwali police station in-charge Ramsh Prasad Singh said, “Education department official Rajeev Ranjan Prasad Singh has lodged a case in this connection.” The case has been filed against Science toppers Saurabh Sreshtha, third topper Rahul Kumar and Arts topper Rubi Rai. All three are students of VR College.

The case has been registered under sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code. A SIT team also visited Vaishali district to interrogate the student who topped in Science examination. The state government had on Monday dissolved a committee constituted by BSEB to probe into alleged irregularities. The BSEB on Saturday had cancelled the results of the first and third toppers in the Science stream as both failed in their re-test, but decided to give another chance to the Arts topper to appear for a re-test on June 11.