Bihar topper scam: Relief to mastermind Bachha denied
The Supreme Court on Thursday held the charge against the kingpin of the Bihar toppers’ scandal Bachha Rai, who secured top ranks for students in Class 12 examinations in connivance with the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), to be too “grave” and turned down the conditional bail granted in his favour by the Patna High Court on February 14.
Approaching the apex court against the HC order, the Bihar Government had relied on its chargesheet and subsequent investigation to highlight the role of Amit Kumar alias Bachha Rai who was the mastermind of the entire scandal. In all, there were 32 accused, which also included BSEB Chariman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife and former JD(U) legislator Usha Sinha.
The apex Bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana, set aside the HC order which allowed Rai to walk out on bail if the State police failed to frame charges against Rai within a month. Rai was the Secretary-cum-Principal of VR College at Vaishali, the institution which came under scanner after students who topped in the Bihar Board Exams across all streams were found to have no knowledge of their subjects. Police investigation revealed that Rai colluded with BSEB to get exam centre for select students allotted at his institution where irregularities were committed in evaluation of answer sheets by which these students scored high marks.
This institution thus produced toppers every year. But last year, when some of the toppers were interviewed by journalists, to their horror they discovered that one of the toppers termed political science as “prodigal science” and described it as a subject where cooking is taught. On a retest most of these students failed.
- Triple talaq issue reached SC because AIMPLB failed to act, says Bukhari 23 Aug 2017 | PTI
- Survivors recount Muzaffarnagar train tragedy 23 Aug 2017 | PTI
- China dashes Rajnath‚Äôs hope of early solution 23 Aug 2017 | PTI
- India welcomes Trump‚Äôs pledge to confront terrorism 23 Aug 2017 | PNS
- Make development a mass movement: Modi 23 Aug 2017 | PNS/Agencies
- Parl panel calls for national database of corrupt PMGSY contractors 23 Aug 2017 | Archana Jyoti
- It will liberate Muslim women: Arif Mohd Khan 23 Aug 2017 | PNS
- TRP wars result in faux pas by news channels 23 Aug 2017 | PNS
- Centre to send advisory to States to ensure compliance 23 Aug 2017 | PNS
- Centre rules out need for new law 23 Aug 2017 | PNS/Agencies
Sunday EditionView All
20 Aug 2017 | AFP | Washington
The entire President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, that includes Indian-Americans Jhumpa Lahiri and Kal Penn, has resigned over President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks after the racist violence in Virginia. In a letter signed by 16 of 17 committee members, including author Lahiri and actor Penn, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change has also been cited as a reason for their resignation...
STATE EDITIONSView All
23 Aug 2017 | PNS | Jamshedpur
In a shocking case of negligence, a 17-year-old minor girl delivered a child on the road, nearly 30 meters from the Chandil community health center, in neighbouring Seraikel-Kharsawan, on Tuesday morning. According to reports, despite request there was delay in sending of ambulance for the girl who was crying in pain and delivered a girl child on the road and was later carried on an auto-rickshaw to the hospital...