VAISHALI/ PATNA: The fugitive proprietor of a college in Bihar who has been accused of manipulating the state board’s class12 exam and results to produce toppers from the institution surrendered before the police on Saturday.
Sources said Amit Singh aka Baccha Roy, owner of Vishun Roy College in Vaishali, was taken to Patna by state-appointed special investigation team for questioning.
His college produced four of the 18 toppers, including his daughter Shalini, among the first 10 on this year’s merit list in the class 12 science and arts streams.
Notorious for incidents of mass cheating, Bihar was engulfed in a merit muddle when the four toppers failed to answer rudimentary questions during a media interaction soon after the results were announced in May, triggering outrage that they cheated their way to the top.
Police filed a case against the college, the four students and officials of Bihar State Examination Board, whose chairman Lalkeshwar Singh is on the run.
Roy’s college has been charged with using unfair means in connivance with board officials and invigilators to manipulate the class 12 results since the year 2000.
Experts said private, unaided colleges were in the race to produce as many meritorious students as possible because the government pays Rs 5,000 to the institution for every student getting a first division, Rs 7,000 for toppers, Rs 4,000 for second division and Rs 3,000 for third division. Besides, the top spots help enhance a college’s popularity.
The manipulation apparently helped Roy make a fortune. “His earnings will be under the scanner of enforcement directorate and I-T officials,” police said.
Roy’s family runs three more educational institutions.