Two Bihar college principals have been arrested for allegedly asking a youth to ghost write the law degree examination last year on behalf of jailed Rashtriya Janta Dal MP Shahbuddin.
Jayant Kumar, principal of Muzaffarpur's S.K. Memorial Silver Jubilee Law College, and Tauheed Alam, of RDS College in the same district, were arrested on Wednesday for their alleged role in facilitating a youth to ghost write for the MP.
Their anticipatory bail petition was rejected by the Patna High Court.
Muzaffarpur superintendent of police Ratan Sanjay said that both principals were arrested after a probe into the case found them guilty. "Police will interrogate them before they are sent to jail Thursday," he said.
However, both Alam and Singh have denied their involvement.
Shahabuddin had last year appeared for the law examination conducted by Bihar University at Muzaffarpur despite a nationwide alert for his arrest. It had shocked the top brass of the state administration.
He appeared for the examination held in RDS College as a candidate of S.K. Memorial Silver Jubilee Law College.
A police complaint was lodged soon after the incident against Shahabuddin, the two principals and other college staff.
Firoz Alam, the young man who allegedly ghost wrote the examinations, said in an affidavit in May in the court of the chief judicial magistrate that he had written the LLB Part II examination for Shahabuddin following a promise that he would be paid Rs. 20,000.
He said Tauhid Alam had approached him to impersonate Shahabuddin for the examination.
The police investigation pointed to the close proximity of the two principals with Shahabuddin.
Shahabuddin, currently lodged in Siwan jail, was arrested last year following a nation-wide alert after he was on the run, evading arrest in a number of criminal cases.
He is an accused in nearly 40 cases of murder, kidnapping, extortion and bank robbery. He had fought and won the 2004 Lok Sabha election from jail.