School principal held in Bihar topper case

The police decided to question the school principal after arresting a Patna middleman on Saturday evening on the charge of helping Ganesh get enrolled for the exam from the Samastipur school. The middleman reportedly dropped hints about the principal’s involvement.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:June 5, 2017 3:50 am
Bihar board topper, Ganesh kumar, Samastipur school principal, Bihar topper Bihar topper Ganesh Kumar

Patna Police on Sunday detained the principal in-charge of a Samastipur school from where disgraced Class XII topper Ganesh Kumar supposedly appeared for his exam. The police decided to question the school principal after arresting a Patna middleman on Saturday evening on the charge of helping Ganesh get enrolled for the exam from the Samastipur school. The middleman reportedly dropped hints about the principal’s involvement .

Ganesh, who is actually 41 years old, was arrested for forging his age as 24 years on Friday. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said: “We have detained the in-charge principal of the Samastipur school to know if he played a role in Ganesh hiding his age.”

The SSP said another school employee was also under the scanner. He said they arrested Sanjay Kumar, a middleman who had helped Ganesh fill up his form from the Samastipur school and chose two high-scoring subjects — Music and Home Science.

Ganesh was booked for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy under various IPC sections. The FIR was lodged on June 2 at Kotwali police station.

Education Minister Ashok Kumar Choudhary has blamed the state board for not following the government’s instructions of verifying credentials of toppers before declaring results. The board, however, said it stuck to strict evaluation norms and there was no written order from the education department regarding verification of toppers.

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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    Nitish & Laloo has turned Bihar into jungle where administration has totally collapsed and govt machinery is indulged in massive looting of public money. There is no future of youths who will be forced to live in acute poverty and backwardness. The fool & illiterate public will face uphill task for survival in future since they have installed corrupt and worst JD(U) & RJD govt. The education system will never improve till this govt will remain in power. Now people should decide to oust this govt or should continue in uncertainty and poverty for indefinite period. If Nitish is really sincere and honest towards improving education system, the state govt must hand over primary and secondary education to Ajimji Premji Education Foundation running into several states.
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    Capt Rajiv Ranjan
    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:51 am
    It is this what baffles me most. Why didn't they call the toppers for an interview before publishing the result? Why the board needed a written order from the Minister? Headed by a senior IAS, why they could not think of it themselves. After the shamefull fiasco of last year, they should not have left anything to chance this time. State govt has to manage with the resources it has. With the same bureaucracy. Sad. Hope, other toppers are genuine.
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    gopal
    Jun 5, 2017 at 9:02 am
    IE please do not write such articles about the "Most Secularrist Govt" in India
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