Night scramble for scam exam

Blank papers to answer at leisure, topper spills scandal beans

By Joy Sengupta
  • Published 5.08.16

Some students of Vishun Roy College in Vaishali, which has hogged the limelight as its owner Bachcha Rai is one of the alleged masterminds of the intermediate result scam, used to get special treatment that allowed them to write their papers in the night, police said on Thursday.

The questioning of Rahul Kumar, a student of the college who was arrested on Wednesday, has thrown up details of how Bachcha and his cohorts meticulously planned out the scam.

Unlike other students, who are supposed to write their answers in the examination hall, these "privileged" ones, who had paid hefty sums to Bachcha seeking undue favour, used to leave their answer-sheets bank.

Later in the evening, these sheets were returned to them so they could write the answers using unfair means.

Apart from Bachcha, former Bihar School Examination Board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh used to play a key role in extending this facility to these students, the police said quoting Rahul. Bachcha and Lalkeshwar are both in jail.

"Rahul said he didn't write anything on the answer-sheets during the intermediate examination. He and some other students of Vishun Roy College would be called to the institution in the evening by Bachcha and Lalkeshwar. These students would be given answer-sheets and the answers of all the questions which they would just copy. At times, some other person would be present on behalf of a student to write the paper," Patna superintendent of police (central) Chandan Khuswaha told The Telegraph.

Muzaffarpur resident Rahul, who will turn 20 in October, had secured fourth rank in the intermediate science stream.

His results, along with those of several other alleged beneficiaries of the scam, have since been cancelled. The complaint of the education department on the basis of which the police had lodged the FIR has the names of four students - Rahul, Shalini Rai, Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shreshtha.

Rahul had on Wednesday told this reporter that two months before the intermediate examinations, he met Bachcha and "asked him if he could make me a state topper. He (Bachcha) smiled and said my father should contact him". His father called up Bachcha, Rahul said, and "a deal for including me among the top 10 toppers of the state was finalised at Rs 5 lakh.

Of the amount, we paid Rs 1 lakh to Bachcha in December last year.

In February, Bachcha was again paid Rs 1.5 lakh and the rest of the amount was to be paid after the results".

A senior official in the Patna police said there were still some questions which needed to be probed when it came to these special writing sessions.

"The matter is to be investigated as to how and in which stage these filled up answer-sheets were returned to the bundle of answer-sheets to be checked and corrected. The police have already said that both the examination centre and the evaluation centre of Vishun Roy College were wrongly changed. The police will be getting the answers as the investigation progresses," the officer told The Telegraph under cover of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The examination centre of Vishun Roy College was fixed at Vaishali's GA Inter School and the evaluation centre at the Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Rajendra Nagar (Patna).