The special investigating team (SIT) of the Bihar police on Friday moved a local court in Patna seeking to declare absconding former chairman of the Bihar State Examination Board (BSEB) and his wife as ‘proclaimed offenders’ in connection with the intermediate toppers’ scandal.
Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha, a former MLA of the ruling Janata Dal(United), are accused in the scandal that rocked Bihar early this month.
The controversy broke out late last month when a television channel showed Rubi Ray – Bihar’s topper in political science – unable to answer the most basic questions pertaining to her chosen academic discipline.
Police also asked the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to cancel the duo’s passports. A son of the couple is believed to be in the United Kingdom.
They have already registered a case of forgery, while moving the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to issue a ‘look out notices’ against them.
“We are requesting the MEA to cancel their passports and have sought proclamation orders, as the couple is untraced,” Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said.
“We will paste court notice at Sinha’s house and if they still do not appear before the court within the stipulated time, the police will move the court to seek an order for attachment of property,” the SSP added.
A warrant of arrest is pending against the couple.
A person can be termed a proclaimed offender in a criminal case if the court has reasons to believe that the accused against whom a warrant of arrest has been issued is evading arrest.
Usha was the principal of the Ganga Dev Mahila College before being eased out on Thursday.