Bihar 'topper scam' accused Ruby Rai shifted from jail to remand house

Having been ruled a minor by a district court in Patna, Bihar 'toppers scam' accused Ruby Rai was shifted on Tuesday from Beur jail to a remand home, police said.

File photo of Ruby Rai. Image

File photo of Ruby Rai. Image

"Ruby Rai was shifted to a remand home from central Beur jail in Patna on Tuesday after the court order was received by the concerned authorities," a district police official said.

Hearing a petition filed by a non-governmental organisation 'Paryas Bharti', the court on Monday accepted Ruby's age on the basis of her matriculation certificate which mentions her date of birth as November 15, 1998.

Social activists had pointed out that Ruby, who was arrested on June 25, was jailed in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Ruby had 'topped' the class 12 examination in humanities stream conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB).

She got into trouble after a sting by Aaj Tak TV channel showed her giving ludicrous answers to some elementary questions about her subjects.

Similarly caught on camera was class 12 science stream 'topper' Saurabh Shreshtha.

The sting suggested that the 'toppers' might have used cheating and fraud to achieve the ranks they got in the exam.

Both Ruby and Saurabh belonged to V.R. College in Vaishali district.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar Police then lodged an FIR against Ruby, Saurabh and two other 'toppers'.

20 people have so far been arrested in connection with what has come to be known as the 'toppers scam'.

Updated Date: Jul 05, 2016 17:32 PM

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