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Bihar toppers’ scam: five in police custody


PATNA : Bihar school examination board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh is likely to be arrested in the intermediate examinations scam, SIT officials said here on Wednesday.

They said enough evidence has been found against Singh who submitted his papers to the principal secretary of education department earlier in the day. Police raided his house at Patna City, but  he could not be found. Senior SP Manu Maharaj said he was questioned on Tuesday.

Joint teams of Patna and Vaishali police on Wednesday took into custody, principal of two government schools-one at Hajipur and another at Rajendra Nagar, Patna .They were centre superintendents of examination and evaluation centres for the students  the Vishnu Rai Intermediate College from where the toppers apeared. Senior SP said Bachcha Rai, director of the controversial college is “absconding”.

Patna police searched the houses of the four toppers- Saurabh, Rahul, Ruby and Shalini in Vaishali and did not find them. Police pasted notices on the houses asking the students whose names appear in the FIR filed at Kotwali police station to appear before the SIT by Wednesday evening, otherwise police would take strong action against them.

Ms Shail Kumari, centre superintendent of the examination at Hajipur and Rajendra Prasad, centre superintndent of evaluation of answersheets at Rajendra Nagar told police,manipulations were  found on the answersheets and ther serial numbers were missing.The answersheets were returned to Patna from Bhabhua and Ara where they were to be examined.The evaluation centre was changed on the instructions of the board chairman,they told the