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Bihar topper scam: Main accused Diwakar Prasad found dead

Police officials said Diwakar jumped off the building after seeing the cops who had gone to arrest him

ANI  |  Patna 

Main accused in the Rs 8 crore School Examination Board (BSEB) tender scam, Diwakar Prasad, was found dead on Thursday under mysterious circumstances, prompting allegations from his relatives that he was murdered by the

His family alleged that Prasad was pushed by cops from the rooftop, leading to his death.

The officials, however, denied the charge, saying that Diwakar jumped off the building after seeing the cops who had gone to arrest him.

A team had gone to Prasad's house to arrest him in connection with a case related to irregularities in floating tender for supply of answer sheets of the Intermediate examination to BSEB.

Diwakar owned a printing press in Patna, which was earlier raided by the member of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the scam.

topper scam 2016 is a corruption scandal in which came into limelight on 31 May 2016 when the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Arts and Humanities topper Ruby Rai, Science topper Saurabh Shrestha and third topper in Science stream Rahul Kumar were interviewed by television channels and they were unable to answer to basic questions.

Ruby Rai, student of Vishnu Roy College, Kiratpur Raja Ram village in Vaishali district pronounced Political Science as 'Prodigal Science' and described it as a subject related to cooking.

Science topper Saurabh Shrestha was unaware of electron and proton and wrongly said alumunium is the most reactive element.

After the video of their interviews went viral, a three-member SIT was formed by the Bihar state government to look into the fraud.

First Published: Fri, December 09 2016. 09:46 IST