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JD(U) sacks Bihar toppers scam accused Usha Sinha

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Janata Dal-United on 16 June cancelled Bihar topper scam accused Usha Sinha's membership from the party. She is the wife of topper scam accused former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.

Earlier in the day, state party president Vashishtha Narayan Singh had announced that the party will order the cancellation of her membership today.

A court in Patna on 15 June had issued arrest warrants against Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh and former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, in connection with +2 toppers scandal in the state.

Patna Chief Judicial Magistrate Om Prakash issued the arrest warrants against the couple upon a plea by the police. Usha Sinha was replaced on Tuesday as principal of Ganga Devi College by senior professor of the institution, Kanchan Chakhaiyar.

Sinha had appointed junior professor Dilip Kumar Verma as principal of the college before proceeding on leave after her name cropped up in the +2 examination scandal in which her husband and ex-board chairman was a prime player. Investigation in the scam had highlighted her role and the police made her a co-accused in the case.

Smelling trouble, Sinha went underground last week and appointed Verma as principal of the college. Sinha, who did not contest the 2015 Assembly elections as her seat Hilsa in Nalanda district had gone to RJD quota, had joined the college and was made the principal.

"Prima facie there is ample evidence against Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh. Proof of tampering in the exam copies and evaluation have been found which was in the knowledge of the ex-BSEB chairman (Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh)," senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj, who heads the SIT to probe the scam, had said.

-With PTI inputs

First published: 16 June 2016, 4:48 IST