October 24, 2020

Call for probe into BSEB chief tenure

Patna: The controversy over the mysterious disappearance of over 42,000 answer scripts of the Class X Matriculation examination has further deepened after BJP lawmaker Nawal Kishore Yadav demanded immediate removal of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) chairman Anand Kishor and a CBI probe into the matter.

Yadav, a member of the Legislative Council, blamed BSEB officials for the mess and said the chairman had failed to perform his duty well.

“Kishor is deeply involved in corrupt practices and his tenure as the chairman of the board should be probed by the CBI,” he said.

Yadav also accused Kishor, a 1997 batch IAS officer, of accepting gratification from a private firm in the name of vasudha kendras. “A tainted firm was allegedly allotted the tender for preparing the result of the examination. Where did the money go after the vasudha kendras became non-operational,” he asked.

The vasudha kendras were set up in panchayats to help students fill up their forms for the board examination. The kendras were equipped with computers and Internet facility. “Now the students are told to fill up their forms online. This is another scam,” Yadav alleged. Kishor, who also holds the post of Patna divisional commissioner and is seen as a no-nonsense officer, could not be contacted for his reaction to Yadav’s allegations on Wednesday. He neither answered phone calls from the office of this newspaper nor responded to text messages sent on his mobile phone.

On Tuesday, Kishor had clarified that the disappearance of the answer scripts would not affect the results of the examination, which will be declared on June 26.

Altogether 42,400 answer scripts of different subjects of candidates from Nawada district disappeared from the SS Balika Girls’ Secondary School evaluation centre in Gopalganj. The matter came to the fore after two BSEB officials visited the evaluation centre last week to collect 12 answer scripts of different streams.

On June 17, the principal of the Gopalganj school, Pramod Kumar Srivastava, lodged an FIR with the Town police station about the missing scripts, kept in 213 bags after evaluation.

On Tuesday, the BSEB summoned Srivastava for questioning. He was handed over to the Gopalganj police after failing to give satisfactory replies. Srivastava, however, maintained he was innocent.

Gopalganj police superintendent Rasheed Zaman said the empty bags had been recovered from a spot adjacent to the school. “The bags were camouflaged by grass,” he said. Zaman said the bags could have gone missing much earlier. “A SIT led by additional SP Neeraj Kumar has been set up to unravel the truth,” he said.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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