IN WHAT is being touted as the biggest chargesheet filed in Bihar since the fodder scam, Patna Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) Monday filed a 4,124-page chargesheet in the Bihar Board toppers’ scam.
The chargesheet names 32 accused, including former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairperson Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh; his wife and former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha; and Amit Kumar, alias Bachcha Rai, principal of the infamous VR College in Vaishali district. It also names 20 government employees and four students.
VR College had an unusually high number of toppers and students who attained first-division in the Class XII Board examinations this year. Media interviews had found at least two toppers lacking even basic knowledge of their subjects, which blew the lid off the scam.
Patna Senior Superintendent of Police and SIT chief Manu Maharaj said that the case has thrown up several subsidiary scams linked to the toppers’ scam — such as schools and inter-colleges affiliation scam and the printers’ scams — and it will not be surprising if the number of accused reaches even 100.
According to officials, police have evidence detailing how BSEB officials, evaluators and examination centre heads had tampered with the answer sheets. It elaborates many instances of students being allegedly marked even through their answer sheets were not checked. In some cases, there is evidence of answers written outside the examination centres, police officials said.
According to the chargesheet, former BSEB chief Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Sinha are kingpins of the scam. They allegedly gave desirable positions in state toppers list to candidates in return for money that ranged from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per student.