Indian authorities file money laundering case in marks-selling scam in board exams

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-02 18:45:26|Editor: xuxin
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NEW DELHI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Indian authorities Friday registered a money laundering case in a scam relating to selling of marks in board examinations in the eastern state of Bihar last year.

The Enforcement Directorate has booked eight persons, including former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Singh, his wife and principals of four schools, under the country's Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their alleged role in the scam, sources said.

"The Enforcement Directorate will investigate into the proceeds of crime generated by the accused and the subsequent creation of illegal wealth by them," sources said.

The scam surfaced last year after the state's arts topper in Class 12 examinations, Ruby Rai, failed to answer some basic questions in the subject she aced, in a TV interview.

She said her main subject political science was about cooking. After the video went viral, Rai was made to re-sit her exams, and was arrested after she failed and had her original results cancelled.

After the probe came to light, the state government ordered a high-level probe which revealed that top officials of the Bihar School Examination Board tampered with answer sheets of students by giving them marks without checking the papers at all.

And in certain cases, answers were also written outside the exam centers.

The eight officials were subsequently arrested by the state police for their role. Some are still in judicial custody, while a few secured bail from court.