PATNA: The tremors of the Bihar toppers scam seems to have not yet settled. After interrogating former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, the Police have revealed a few of the key facts which led to the selected rich students topping the Intermediate Examination.
The Police revealed that Lalkeshwar Prasad had accepted his role in the toppers scam and added that the Ex-Chairman demanded Rs 20 lakh from each unworthy student to become a topper and also Rs 4 lakh to grant affiliation to colleges which does not have proper infrastructure as per the rules and regulations.
Patna’s SSP Manu Maharaj Singh said, “We are still investigating the case. We have found out that the former Chairman along with the Varanasi college principal Baccha Roy have been running a racket, to frame unworthy students as toppers of the intermediate examination through malpractice or bribing the examiners at the valuation centers. We have come to know that the Ex-Chairman demanded Rs 20 lakh from each student for the same”.
When asked about the help student’s received at the examination centers, Mr Singh said, “They followed a three-step strategy. First, they would try to leak the question paper to a targeted group of students well before hand if it is possible. If not, they will focus on the examination centers and help the students to complete their examinations by bribing invigilators and the squad. If these two steps failed for them, eventually they will reach out for the valuation centers to get a particular student the desired number of marks so as to make him or her a topper “, he added.
Former Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad and his wife Usha Sinha, Ex-MLA and Ex- professor of a university were sent to a three-day police custody on Wednesday. On the other hand, Baccha Roy allegedly the main accused of the scam has also been sent to jail on a judicial remand. The Police are expected to file a charge sheet on the accused, based on the findings in a couple of days.