A year after Bihar state board Class XII Arts topper Ruby Rai was arrested, Patna police on Friday nabbed this year’s topper in the stream, Ganesh Kumar, for using forged documents to appear for the exam. 

Kumar was arrested after a complaint was filed by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSBE) office alleging that he took the examination on forged documents, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj, said.

The BSBE has also removed his name from the list of toppers, reports The Times of India. 

b’Ganesh Kumar/ Source: PTI’

BSEB Chairman, Anand Kishore said Kumar was called at the office for questioning after reports emerged of him submitting forged documents.

Kishor told TOI, “The board was shocked to know that Kumar’s real age is 41 and he is the father of two kids. He concealed his age. He had done his matriculation from CRSR High School, Suriya in Giridih district of Jharkhand in 1990 with his real name Ganesh Ram (date of birth given as November 7, 1975).”

Kumar had also appeared for matriculation exams in 2015 by fudging his birth certificate to reflect a new date of birth as June 2, 1993. 

An FIR has been lodged against him and the schools from which he appeared for the Class X and Class XII examinations. 

The state’s board examination result and its toppers were mired in controversies last year too. The previous year’s Class XII Board topper in Bihar, Ruby Rai, made headlines when she said she had studied prodigal science (political science) and that the subject was about cooking.

A whopping 64 per cent of students have failed to clear the Board exams this year in the state.

Several science stream students told the media they appeared in JEE Advance, conducted for admission into IITs, but scored as low as 1, 2 or 4 in subjects like physics and maths in the Board exams.

(Feature image source: PTI)