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Bihar board chairman resigns in wake of Class 12 exam scandal

PTI
Published Jun 8, 2016, 3:53 pm IST
Updated Jun 8, 2016, 3:53 pm IST
"We have received the resignation letter of Board Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh," state Education Minister Ashok Choudhary said.
The state government had taken strong objection to Singh's decision to constitute a four member committee headed by a retired high court judge to probe the scandal. (Photo: Videograb)
 The state government had taken strong objection to Singh's decision to constitute a four member committee headed by a retired high court judge to probe the scandal. (Photo: Videograb)

Patna: Amid mounting pressure with regard to alleged irregularities in the 10+2 toppers' scandal, Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh on Wednesday resigned from his post.

"We have received the resignation letter of Board Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh," state Education Minister Ashok Choudhary told PTI.

 

Read: SIT to probe Bihar exam scandal, says ruling JD(U)

Earlier in the day, the department issued a show-cause notice to the BSEB Chairman as to why he should not be removed from the post for the irregularities committed in +2 plus examination results.

Singh was asked to give his reply within 24 hours to the department, Chaudhary said. It may be noted that the probe team had questioned Singh for five hours on Tuesday.

Read: Bihar Class 12 'topper' Ruby Rai fails to appear for re-examination

Besides, a team of state police and CID visited the Board on Wednesday and perused the results of the Intermediate examination. The team also took away Singh's computer, laptop and smartphone with it.

 

The state government had taken strong objection to Singh's decision to constitute a four member committee headed by a retired high court judge to probe the alleged irregularities in evaluation of marks in this year's 10+2 examination. The government had on May 6 dissolved the committee.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police, Patna Manu Maharaaj, said that four persons have been detained by the police in the case lodged by the education department against seven persons on late Monday night.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on May 6 had directed the Education department to lodge an FIR in connection with the case.

 

The CM ordered that the entire matter be probed by police and stern action initiated against those found guilty.

"No one will be spared and action would be taken after fixing responsibility in the matter," Kumar had said.

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