Law Kumar Mishra
Patna: Director general of police (DGP) P K Thakur on Thursday widened the Special  Investigation team  (SIT) probing the Intermediate examinations scam and included City SP Chandan Kushwaha in the team and removed a police sub-inspector Shambhu Yadav from the team. DGP Thakur reviewed the progress of the investigations with the zonal  IG, Patna, and centrl range DIG, Naiyyar Hasnain Khan and Shalin respectively. On his orders, the IG of Muzaffarpur zone, Sunil Kumar, visited the controversial Vishun Rai College at Bhagwanpur in Vaishali district.

Senior SP of Patna Manu Maharaaj  said police have enough evidences against the then chairman of Bihar School Examination Board BSEB) Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and principal of the college Bacchcha Rai. Both are absconding, he said. Police from Vaishali and Patna again raided the house of Bac from therehcha Rai, but he was not found. Police recovered a laptop and some answer-sheets of the Intermediate examinations. House of Singh at Bahadurpur, Patna,  was also raided by police.

Shambhu Yadav was removed from SIT following reports of his action in facilitating escape of Bachcha Rai on Tuesday evening when police had gone to the college. He is allegedly related to Rai.Senior SP said answer-sheets of the examinees were changed both by Bachcha Rai and Board chairman.

Five persons, who were detained on Wednesday from Hajipur and Patna, were formally arrested on Thursday. They include the evaluation centre superintendent Shail Kumari, evaluation centre superintendent Bisheshwar Yadav ,three staff of Intermediate Council and V R Rai college: Sanjiv Suman, Shambhunath Das and Ranjit Mishra.

Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishore took over as chairman of the board and joint director of education Anup Sinha joined as secretaryon Thursday.

Police during search of Bachcha Rai’s house found photographs and album of Rai sharing dais with the RJD president Lalu Prasad and his minister sons : Tejpratap and Tejeshwai. Some of the examinees told the investigators on Thursday  they used to pay Rs 80,000 to Rs one lakh for topping the examinations, Rs 50,000 for first class marks and Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 for second division.

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