27/06/2016 3:22 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

'I Don't Know How I Topped Bihar Board Exam,' Says Ruby Rai

Press Trust of India

Bihar's controversial topper in Class XII exams for the Arts stream, Ruby Rai, who wrote a one-line 'essay' on the saint-poet Tulsidas during a re-test, said today that she had "no idea" how she scored such good marks in the exams.

According to Hindustan Times, Rai, who was arrested by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) when she emerged from a re-test of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), said, "Hum dehaat ki ladki hain, humko nahi pata hum kaise top kar gaye (I am a village girl. I don’t know how I topped the examination)."

"The BSEB took the decision to cancel the result of the Arts topper on the basis of report of experts team on her performance in Saturday's re-test," Anand Kishore, the new chairman of the board, told PTI.

"She could not answer many of the questions which had been asked in the examination in which she (Ruby Rai) was declared the topper," he added.

Reportedly, Rai also told the police that the principal of the Vishun Roy college in Vaishali, where she was studying, was a distant relative. However, while maintaining that she never had any direct contact with Bachcha Roy, the alleged kingpin of the 'topper' scam, she did not rule out the possibility that her father might have interacted with him, reported HT.

Rai's dubious distinction first came to light when she told a TV channel that "prodikal science" (political science), a subject she had topped in, was about cooking.

Rai's Class XII marks were reportedly the result of a racket in which students paid ₹15 lakh to have their names declared in the state toppers' list.

(With agency inputs)

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