20/06/2016 10:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Bihar Board Toppers Scam: Ex-Bihar Board Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad And His Wife Arrested

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MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 1: Students appear for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam on the first day at Saraswati Mandir Education School, Matunga, on March 1, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Of the 3,74,799 candidates appearing for their SSC board exam this year, more than two lakh appeared for their first language papers such as Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Malayalam, Bengali, Punjabi and French. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

PATNA -- Ex-chairman of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, the alleged mastermind of the toppers scam in the Bihar intermediate examination, and his former JD(U) MLA wife Usha Sinha were today arrested from Varanasi, a senior police officer said.

"Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Sinha have been arrested from Varanasi", Senior Superintendent of Police of Patna, Manu Maharaj told.

Their arrest by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was made following a tip off about their presence in the temple city of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the SSP, who is heading the SIT on toppers' merit muddle, said.

He said further details would be provided later on.

Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Sinha, a co-accused in the toppers scandal, had gone underground after police had acquired an arrest warrant from a Patna court in the irregularities in the Bihar +2 examination.

The SIT was armed with a court order to attach Lalkeshwar Singh's property which would have taken place today.

Usha Sinha, a former JD(U) MLA from Hilsa and Principal of Ganga Devi college in Patna from which she was removed, is a co-accused in the case where degrees were allegedly awarded to undeserving students in lieu of a hefty sum of money.

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