The Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered a money laundering case against eight government officials, including principals of selling marks in board examinations on the last year’s topper scam. The officials said that they have booked a criminal case against a total of eight people, including former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman and four principals, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The scam came to limelight last year when the state’s topper Ruby Rai, a student of the Vishun Roy College in Vaishali district who had topped in Arts, failed to answer some basic questions and went on to describe political science as prodigal science that teaches cooking. There was another student from her junior college, who topped as the State’s Science category, was not even able to answer basic questions about the link between water and H20 and much more. Humiliated by the wrongdoings in the state board examinations, the state government ordered an SIT probe into the matter. The probe by a special team set up by the Nitish Kumar government also revealed that how top senior officials of the Bihar School Examination Board would allegedly arrange to tamper answer sheets of students or giving them marks without checking the papers in any way. There were also some cases where answers were written outside the exam centers.
According to the ED equivalent of a Police FIR, the central probe agency took the reports of a Bihar Police FIR and the findings of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to register its own Enforcement Case Information Report. They said that the agency will probe the probable ‘proceeds of crime’ generated by the accused and the alleged subsequent creation of illegal capital by them. The former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, his former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha and Secretary cum Principal of Bishun Roy College in Vaishali Bachha Rai, are alleged to be the main masterminds of the racket and are also among the 21 persons who are arrested thus far in the case. It is expected that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is going to very soon record the statements of the accused and will also attach their assets under the PMLA Act.