Bihar Toppers Scam Accused Former Board Chairman, Wife Arrested In Varanasi

Bihar Toppers Scam Accused Former Board Chairman, Wife Arrested In Varanasi

Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, who is a key accused in the case, had gone underground after resigning from the board. (File photo)

Patna: Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, the alleged mastermind of the toppers scam in the Bihar intermediate examination, was arrested today from Varanasi, a senior police officer said.

The Special Investigation Team also arrested Mr Singh's wife, former JD-U legislator wife Usha Sinha and a co-accused in the case.

"Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Sinha have been arrested from Varanasi", Senior Superintendent of Police of Patna, Manu Maharaj told Press Trust of India.

Last week, the Patna civil court issued the arrest warrant against Mr Singh, who is a key accused in the case and has gone underground after resigning from the board.

According to the police, Mr Singh was on the run since after his name figured in the Class 12 toppers' scam.

Mr Singh's wife Usha Sinha was also missing since her name also surfaced in the scam.

So far 10 people have been arrested in the case, police said.

Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, the mastermind behind the Class 12 Board merit list scam in Bihar, was arrested ten days ago after he surrendered to police.

Both Mr Singh and Mr Rai were wanted by the SIT in the ongoing investigation into the alleged irregularities in the results of the toppers in the Class 12 Arts and Science examinations this year.

According to reports, the SIT has found evidences that suggest Singh's role in the racket.

Evidence collected also indicates the board's complicity in the scam.