Lalkeshwar Singh Resigns; Anand Kishore Appointed the New BSEB Chairperson

BSEB chairperson Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh (left) resigns; Anand Kishore (right) appointed in his place on Wednesday.

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Patna: Less than a month after he was honored by the Intermediate Education Council (IEC) for his service as the chairman of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), Lalkeshwar Singh was on the run from the law after police filed an FIR against him for the bungling in the Class XII result now being referred to as the 'Toppersgate'.

Police raid at the Bihar Intermediate Education Council office in Patna on Wednesday.Singh, seeing impending arrest in the wake of the FIR filed by the Bihar Education Department on late Monday night, resigned from his post and allegedly went into hiding after police failed to make a contact with him at his office or his known addresses, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said.

As reported, three students including Saurabh Shreshtha, Rahul Kumar, and Ruby Rai were declared toppers in their Intermediate Board exams only to be exposed as 'fake toppers' who achieved the dubious honors with the help of Lalkeshwar Singh, Balak High School (Patna) Principal B P Yadav, and Vaishali-based Bishun Rai College owner/director Bachcha Rai.

The Nitish government wasted no time in filling the vacant post by transferring Development Commissioner Anand Kishore as the new Chairperson of the BSEB.

The three 'toppers' against whom FIRs were lodged on Monday night have also chose to skip the town to evade arrest, officials said.

Meanwhile, police have arrested five persons in the case including four employees of the two schools.

"Raids are being conducted to apprehend Singh and others and more arrests are likely to be made in the coming days, the SSP, who led the raid of the Intermediate Education Council office in Patna on Wednesday, said adding notices have been slapped at their known addresses to give up and surrender before the police to allow the law to take its course.

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