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Bihar Super-30 founder faces smear campaign

Few months before a Hindi cinema biopic on him starring Hrithik Roshan is due for release, a smear campaign is being unleashed in Patna against Super-30 coaching institute founder and mathematician Anand Kumar. Not only a local Hindi newspaper ran a series of stories quoting some students who accused Mr. Kumar as a fraud; his aide was sent to jail, also the film being made on him was challenged. “Every day I feel waking up from a bad nightmare…some time I feel to commit suicide or to leave Bihar,” said Mr. Kumar.

Aide arrested

In July, Jitendra Kumar, a long time aide of Mr. Kumar, was arrested and sent to jail allegedly for sharing a defamatory content on social media against former Bihar Director General of Police Abhyanand. Mr Abhyanand was associated with Super-30 from 2003 to 2008 but later parted ways to run another coaching institute for engineering aspirants. Mr. Kumar ran from pillar to post to get his “innocent” aide released. “Even after 40 days of his incarceration he is yet to be released,” Mr. Kumar said. “I don’t know why I am being targeted whenever something good happens to me?...who are these powerful people behind it?...the police were so hostile that had I not approached some higher police officials, they would have even sent me to jail…they appeared to be under some big pressure,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu.

26 crack the test

Earlier, when the results of this year IIT-JEE (Advanced) were announced with 26 of total 30 students from his coaching institute cracking the test, the local edition of a Hindi newspaper ran a series of stories claiming that Super-30 result as “misleading and fake.”

False claim

The newspaper reports cited some students making allegations about Mr. Kumar making false claim of the result to gain cheap publicity. The reports also claimed that Mr. Kumar has amassed huge wealth from another coaching institute he runs and has bought several land plots in the name of his family members. “Do you think I need any kind of publicity now?...when the results were out I had presented all 26 students before media…you’re also there but on that day no one had raised any question…it happens every year after the result and now I’ve become used to it and I also know who is behind all this smear campaign and why?,” rued Mr. Kumar.

When asked who is behind all this, he quipped, “everyone knows in Patna who is he…why should I take his name?” Is he former DGP Abhyanand who was earlier associated with Super-30 for five years?, Mr. Kumar did not respond.

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