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Court finds Bihar ‘topper’ a minor, orders transfer from jail to remand home

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Ruby Rai, the controversial Humanities ‘topper’ in the Bihar Intermediate Examination, was on Monday shifted from Beur jail to remand home on grounds that she was a minor.

This came after a district court in Patna accepted that she was a minor on the basis of her matriculation certificate which mentioned her date of birth as November 15, 1998.

Rai was earlier sent to judicial custody till July 8 after her arrest on June 25 in connection with this case.

The girl, from the controversial Bishun Roy college of Vaishali district, was taken into custody by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the basis of arrest warrant issued by a Patna district court against her and three other rank-holders in the examination racket case.

Rai came to limelight last month after a video went viral in which she described political science as “prodigal science” and stated that political science, a subject she virtually aced, teaches cooking.

Soon, a seven-member expert committee was constituted and Rai was asked to appear before the committee. The panel cancelled her result after the review.

Rai had secured 444 marks out of 500 in the arts stream. However, on camera she did not even appear to know the number of subjects in her course.

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) had earlier on June 4 cancelled the results of two toppers, including Sourabh Shrestha, of the Intermediate (Science) examinations after they failed to prove their merits in a re-test.

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