The special investigation team (SIT) constituted to probe into Bihar toppers scam which caught the limelight earlier this year has filed a charge-sheet against 32 persons overall in Bihar.
The 4000 page chargesheet filed against the former Chairman of Bihar School Examination Board Lalkeshwar Prasad, his wife and former JDU legislator Usha Sinha, Bachha Rai, the alleged mastermind behind the scams, aims to secure the conviction of the alleged kingpins in the scam which had rocked the nation earlier this year.
According to the Patna Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj, the head of the SIT, who answered to the media, the chargesheet was filed in Patna Civil Court.
According to him, “A chargesheet of over 4,000 page was filed against former Chairman of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, his wife and former JDU legislator Usha Sinha, Bachcha Rai, the alleged kingpin of the scam and former director and principal of V.R. College in Bihar’s Vaishali district and former board secretary Harharnath Jha.”
According to the SP, 20 out of the 32 people are government employees, while 4 out of the rest 12 included those who had camouflaged themselves as toppers. 9 out of the 32 are still absconding, he further added.
Ruby Rai, one of the toppers in the humanities stream of BSEB, and one of the accused, who had gained notoriety after her interview on national television is one of the accused who had been granted bail by a special Juvenile Justice board.
It was due to the sting operation that the scam came into limelight and exposed the vulnerable and fractious situation of education system in Bihar. The scam has also been used by the opposition to chide the governance of Nitish Kumar, who after tying up with Laloo Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), had once more come to power in a state whose elections has always been marred with allegations of other electoral malpractices.
The topper of class XII in the science stream Saurabh Shreshta, one of the accused, was also caught by media in answering the most basic questions of science in the most preposterous ways, which had further attracted the attention of the masses and led to the unearthing of the scam which on the whole might be far more than what appears on the surface.
These revelations have suggested that several of the toppers in the alleged scam might have resorted to the use of malpractices and unfair means to secure advantages against the genuine students in the examination.
Everyone, starting from the judiciary to the masses have taken cognizance of the matter in the most severest of the manner and had led to a public furor over the ensuing state of affairs with regard to the miscarriage of justice in the area of education in Bihar, which as a whole, has never been too good on public radar due to its notoriety with respect to almost every form of administration and had been held as the proponent of the Jungle Raaz in India.
The chargesheet filed by the police on the eve of Teachers day comes in the wake of heavy protest which had followed since the scam rocked the scenario and according to the SP of Police, Manu Maharaj, “We chose the ‘Teachers’ Day’ to file charge-sheet as we wanted to convey a strong message to the education mafias. We will speedily try the case to serve punishment to the accused,” Patna’s senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj told the media today.”