Bachcha Rai in BSEB Scandal in Police Custody

Heavy security outside New Police Line in Patna where Principal of Bishun Rai College is being held.

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Patna: After remaining on run since the 'ToppersGate' scandal broke out in the state earlier this month, the Owner/Principal of the tainted Bishun Rai College in Vaishali district Bachcha Rai was arrested near the college on Saturday though conflicting reports said Rai surrendered before the police instead of being caught by a special police team earlier constituted to apprehend him.

Though some reports said Rai had informed a section of the media of his intention to surrender before the police, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that Rai was taken into custody while on his way to the college thus technically making it an arrest and not 'surrender'.

The kingpin of the Bihar School Education Board (BSEB) scam was brought to Patna and being held at the New Police Line where he was being interrogated by top police officials.

Rai is one of the several key accused in the BSEB Class XII result scam in which three of his students topped the merit list despite lacking even the basic knowledge of their subjects. With the help of BSEB chairperson Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, who still remains out of the reach of Bihar police, Rai is accused of taking Rs. 70,000 from each student to ensure top marks for them.

Earlier police had raided the college office, the BSEB office in Patna, and the known addresses of both Rai and Singh and had seized several computers, external storage drives, and documents as part of the ongoing investigation in the scandal that has left Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with red face following his repeated claim of education in Bihar having improved under his administration.


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