In a repeat of last year’s events, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Friday cancelled the result of Class XII topper in the Arts stream Ganesh Kumar and arrested him for committing forgery, among other charges, a top BSEB official said.
“Kumar has been charged for hiding his real age and appearing in the examination by giving fake date of birth,” BSEB Chairman Anad Kishore told the media here.
Kishore said that the board had cancelled the result of Ganesh Kumar and lodged a FIR against him. He was taken into custody late in the evening.
The developments followed protests by students in front of the Bihar Intermediate Education Council office here against alleged discrepancies in the results.
The BSEB Chairman said: “Preliminary investigations reveal that Ganesh Kumar had not mentioned his real age in the examination form… He has cheated the board. His real age is 42 but he has mentioned 24 years in the examination form. He is also the father of two children.”
Ganesh Kumar reacted after being arrested by saying, “I have faith in the law, don’t want to say anything else.” He told ANI, “When poor people study, this is the way they get caught. If this continues, then in future people will become mafia and terrorists.” (Ghareeb log jab padhai karte hain vo aise phans jate hain, aage aisa hi hua to log mafia aur aantankwadi banenge.)
Ganesh, 24, hails from Saraiya, Giridih in Jharkhand, claimed to be a student of Ram Nandan Singh Jagdeep Narayan College in Samastipur. He scored 82.6 per cent marks in class 12. He scored 65 out of 70 in Music practical, 18 out of 30 in Music Theory and 92 marks out of 100 in Hindi. Considering his high Music practical marks, Ganesh should have been well trained in Music. But news reports have shown Ganesh doesn’t have much idea about Music. Ganesh even failed to answer basic questions related to the subjects in which he secured the highest marks. Not only that when he was asked to play some instruments and sing a song, he seemed unable to play anything in tune.