Patna: Bihar toppers scam accused Ruby Rai was on Saturday arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) when she appeared for a re-test at the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) office, police said.
However, Ruby, who had not long back surprised everyone when she had quoted that 'prodigal science was all about cooking' left the expert panel guesssing after she penned down an essay on poet and saint Tulsidas.
Tulsidas ji pranam — the Bihar's Class 12 topper in Arts, who had appeared for a re-test, could write only this when she was asked to pen down an essay on poet and saint Tulsidas. Her answer not only shocked the panel but also left them wondering how this girl, who doesn't even have a basic knowledge of her subjects, managed to score 444 out of 500 marks in the Arts stream.
When a panel of experts confronted Ruby after evaluating her answer-sheets, Ruby told them confidently that she had studied for two years when she had appeared for exam in February but had forgotten everything now.
Before Saturday, Rubi Rai failed to appear in the re-test twice on June 3 and on June 17. She had then cited her illness for failing to appear for the re-test.
A total of 14 students were called for a re-test by the BSEB after a news channel broadcast a sting in which Rubi Rai had said, "Prodikal (read political) science is about cooking", and Saurabh Shreshtha, a Science topper, said, "Most reactive element in the periodic table is Aluminium". Really?
The results of Rubi and other toppers were put on hold after the scam came to light in May.
After her arrest, Ruby was brought to CJM's residence by police and was sent to the judicial custody till July 8.
A police constable present there, said that Ruby appeared confidently when she appeared for the re-test and even refused to cover her face after she was arrested. Adding further, the constable said her confidence, despite her arrest, strucked everyone there. She used a scarf to cover her face only after a police official insisted her to do so.
Ruby even refused to answer media's questions and hit back saying, 'Nahi bolenge toh jaan maar dijiyega?' (Will you guys kill me if I don't answer you?)