Lalkeshwar Prasad SinghFormer Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh on Wednesday admitted to have taken Rs 20 lakh from a cheating racket kingpin to help each student become a topper.

Apart from that, Singh took Rs 4 lakh for granting affiliation to each intermediate college. Singh, his wife Usha Sinha and a relative arrested along with them were remanded in three-day police custody by a district court in connection with the toppers scam.

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Special vigilance judge Raghvendra Kumar Singh accepted the plea of Special Investigation Team (SIT) and granted police custody of the three for three days.

The SIT sought their custody to gather more details about the merit muddle in the +2 examination this year.

The Ex-BSEB Chairman, his wife Usha Sinha who is a former JD(U) MLA and a kin Prabhat Jaiswal, who had provided refuge to them for over a week when they went into hiding, were arrested from Varanasi in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh on Monday last.

The same court had sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

The scam had rocked Bihar earlier this month after Ruby Rai, a student of Bishun Roy College in Vaishali district who had topped in the arts category, failed to answer basic questions and described political science as ‘prodigal science’ that taught cooking.

The state government had ordered a SIT probe in the matter during which Bachcha Rai, the principal of Bishun Roy College, was arrested besides some other accused persons.