Bihar Class 12 Topper Threatens to Commit Suicide if Cross-Examined

Patna: Bihar School Examination Board Science stream topper Saurabh Shrestha has threatened to commit suicide if he is excessively cross-examined. His threat comes a few days after the state education board ordered a review of the results of all toppers including an interview after a video emerged showing Saurabh had allegedly no basic knowledge of the subjects he topped in.

The state education board on Saturday cancelled Saurabh and another rank holder’s result from the science stream after their performance was not found up to mark in a rigorous re-test of 13 rank holders of intermediate examination.

“The BSEB has decided to cancel result of science topper Saurabh Shrestha and another rank holder in the same stream Rahul Kumar as their performance in Friday’s re-test was found not up to mark,” BSEB Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh said.

Rahul Kumar, who also hails from Bishun Rai college of Vaishali along with Saurabh and Arts topper Ruby Rai, is the third topper in 2016 Intermediate examination in science stream.

“Rest 11 toppers who had appeared for written test as well as interview before an expert team have been found to be excellent and given clean chit,” the Chairman said.

Arts topper Ruby Rai, who could not appear for re-test on Friday on health ground has been given a week’s time to come before a team of experts for authentication of her marks.

“Ruby Rai has to appear for re-test on June 11,” Singh said.

Rai, the infamous Humanities topper who pronounced Political Science as ‘Prodigal Science’ and described it as a subject related to cooking in a video, had sent an application stating that she was under “depression” and so could not turn up.

The Chairman announced the Board’s decision after a marathon meeting with Board officials, a team of experts that conducted re-test on Friday and also members of anti-corruption committee of the Board.

A total of 13 toppers except for Rai, had on Friday appeared before a team of experts for authentication of the marks obtained by them in the wake of a media expose pointing fingers at their merit.

The BSEB Chairman said the Board on Saturday also decided to suspend Bishun Rai Intermediate college from where the dubious Arts and Science toppers hail.

“The code of the Bishun Rai college will remain suspended till report of a probe committee to be headed by a Retired Patna High Court judge on irregularities in evaluation of marks for state +2 exam in the current year,” Singh said.

The probe committee which would have senior officials and educational experts would go into alleged irregularities in allotment of marks in the Intermediate examination which brought bad name to the state after media expose of “truth” of the Arts and Science toppers.