Forty two students flunked the Bihar Class 12 exams with one roll number but aced it with another, authorities have found as they probe large-scale irregularities in the state’s education sector.
Police SAY all these examinees were issued two sets of registration numbers, roll numbers and results. While the examinees wrote the exam with one set of registration and roll number, the college authorities managed ‘scholars’ to write their examination against the other set of roll number.
Police say an examinee scored 37 marks out of 500 in five subjects, against one set of registration and roll number, but 370 in the other set.
Confirming this, Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP), Manu Maharaaj, said, “The college had issued two registration numbers, two roll numbers and two results for each of the 42 students. This discovery has given a new dimension to the case.”
All the 42 students belong to Vaishali’s Vishun Roy College, which lost its affiliation after disgraced arts topper Ruby Rai – who also studied at the institution – claimed in an interview that she was taught ‘cooking’ in political science.
This blew this lid off a huge scam in the Class 12 examination results that led to the scrapping of results of several toppers, who had supposedly aced subjects they had little knowledge of.
Rai subsequently flunked her re-test, managing only a single line – “Tulsidas ji, pranam” – when asked to write an essay on the poet on June 25. She was arrested and subsequently sent to a remand home after a local court pronounced her to be a minor.
Of the 42 examinees in the dock, 30 were from science stream, 10 arts and two from commerce.
“The college used to hire scholars and manage the examination centre. All the 42 students will be interrogated,” said the SSP.
Over 87% of the 630 examinees from Vishun Roy College passed the Class 12 examination with first division and three with third division. The initial toppers of science and arts stream were also from this college.
College principal Bachcha Roy, the lynchpin of the racket, and ousted Bihar State Education Board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, are in jail after the scam surfaced in May.