The Bihar State Examination Board Class XII Arts topper Ruby Rai was taken into custody by Patna Police’s Special Investigation Team soon after she failed a re-test at the board’s office Saturday.
The student who had achieved infamy after describing political science as “prodigal science” soon after the declaration of the Class XII results, was asked about a dozen questions from the syllabus by a seven-member expert committee of the board. Samples of her handwriting were also taken.
The expert committee was not convinced with her answers and cancelled her result.
The SIT is investigating the alleged toppers’ scam in Bihar. The results of three other toppers too have been cancelled. The SIT on Saturday procured NBWs from a special vigilance court against all four toppers.
Patna SSP Manu Maharaj told The Sunday Express, “We have taken into custody Bihar Board’s Class XII Arts topper who faced a case of fraud and forgery for allegedly conniving with the management of V R College to get the ‘wonder’ result. She will be produced before a Juvenile Justice court. She will be put under the supervision of a lady magistrate tonight”.
The Arts topper and two other toppers are from the controversial V R College in Vaishali district, whose principal Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai has been arrested. He has reportedly told interrogators about his connections with former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad and his ex-MLA wife Usha Sinha in his college getting the largest number of toppers over the last six years.
The Arts topper, a resident of Vaishali, was named as an accused in the alleged scam three weeks ago. She had been underground ever since. On Saturday, upon learning that she had appeared for the re-test, Patna Sadar DSP Shivli Nomani led a police team to the BSEB office and took her into custody as she emerged from the building.
The topper had described “prodigal science” as a “subject dealing with cooking” during a television interview soon after the Class XII results were published. Appearing for the retest after a third notice, she declined to speak with reporters, only asking “Where should I appear for the retest?” This was her last chance to appear for the retest, failing which her result would have stood automatically cancelled.
A senior police officer said: “We had been planning to interrogate V R College principal Bachcha Rai, Lalkeshwar Prasad and Usha Sinha together. If we get the topper too, we can corroborate several revelations and claims made by Bachcha Rai.” Sources said as BSEB chairman, Lalkeshwar Prasad had given affiliations to 200-odd Inter (10+2) colleges, and Bachcha Rai’s V R College had been a beneficiary.
Police have arrested 19 people so far in the case, said SSP Manu Maharaj, who heads the SIT.