Bihar board ‘topper’ Rubi Rai, who had triggered a controversy by telling a television channel political science pertained to cooking, was arrested on Saturday after appearing before the Bihar School Examination Board for a re-test.
All 14 toppers of the board, except Rai, had earlier appeared for re-assessment before a panel of experts and the anti-corruption wing of the BSEB which tried to find out if they used impersonation, bribery or other fraudulent means to pass the exam.
Rai had failed to appear in the re-test twice on June 3 and June 17. She informed the board she was not well.
Saurabh Shreshtha, a Science topper, had said in the sting: “Most reactive element in the periodic table is Aluminium”. Rai had scored 444 out of 500 marks in the arts stream and Shreshtha 485 out of 500 in Science stream. Both studied at the VR College in Vaishali district.
According to police officials, the Patna civil court has issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against four toppers including Rai.
The VR college director-cum-principal Bachcha Rai was arrested early this month and was lodged in Beur jail in Patna. So far, nearly 20 people have been arrested by a special investigation team..
The results of Rai and others were put on hold following the TV sting which suggested that education in Bihar continues to be a dubious affair with the possibility that cheating and fraud continue at a large scale.
The BSEB claimed this year that Class 12 exams were conducted free of cheating, citing a drastic fall in the pass percentage as the proof. Till last year, mass cheating in board exams was reported.
Former BSEB chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha were recently arrested in connection with the issue.