To investigate the Bihar intermediate exam row as a criminal case, Bihar Chief Minister has ordered to setup a Special Investigation Team. The SIT has been given a ten day time line to submit its report.
Nitish had held an emergency meeting on Monday Night with officials from education department and asked them to appoint a special team to investigate the exam row and take strict action.
Earlier the government dissolved the committee constituted by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) to probe into alleged irregularities in evaluation of marks in this year’s 10+2 examination.
The decision was taken after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with Education minister Ashok Choudhary, Principal Secretary (Education) D S Gangwar and BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.
“The government has dissolved the committee,” said the Bihar Education Minister
An FIR is lodged against the three toppers Ruby Rai of Humanities and Saurabh Shresth and Rahul Kumar of Science stream in Patna. Another FIR is registered against VR College in Vaishali district.
“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the education department to lodge an FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in Vaishali in Intermediate exam for the current year,” said an official statement.
The Bihar State Education Board has earlier called all the 14 toppers for retest on Friday. 13 students turned up for the retest of which only 11 were found “up to the mark” according to BSEB officials.
Saurabh Shresth and Rahul Kumar who topped in science did not perform to the expected level and and their results were withheld.
The BSEB had on Saturday constituted a four-member committee headed by Patna High Court Judge Justice (retd) Ghanshyam Prasad to probe the irregularities in the evaluation of marks for 10+2 Intermediate exam.
The BSEB had on June 4 decided to cancel the results of topper Saurabh Shrestha and third topper in Science stream Rahul Kumar after they were found not up to mark during a re-test conducted by a team of experts on 13 toppers in Arts and Science streams of Intermediate level in the current year.
Arts topper Ruby Rai, in an interview to media, had called Political Science as “Prodigal Science”, which according to her was about cooking, and has been directed to face experts on June 11.