The Special Investigation Team (SIT) held Bihar School Examination Board’s former chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and his wife Usha Sinha from Varanasi on Monday regarding Class 12 toppers’ scam, said police.
Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj, who is heading the SIT, confirmed the arrests.
“Both will be brought to Patna on Monday itself and police will interrogate them,” Maharaj said.
Earlier last week, the Patna civil court issued the arrest warrant against Singh, who is a prime accused in the matter and has fugitive after resigning from the board.
According to police, Singh was on the chase since after his name appeared in the Class 12 toppers’ scam.
Singh’s wife Usha Sinha, former Janata Dal-United (JDU) legislator of Bihar, was also missing since her name also surfaced in the scam. So far 10 persons have been held in the case, police said.
Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, the mastermind of the Class 12 Board merit list scam in Bihar, was arrested before ten days after he surrendered to police.
Both Singh and Rai were wanted by the SIT in the ongoing investigation into the alleged irregularities in the results of the toppers in the Class 12 Arts and Science examinations this year.
According to reports, the SIT has found evidences that suggest Singh’s role in the scam. Evidence collected also points out the board’s complicity in the scam.