Forced to Sign Blank Cheques, ATM Cards taken away: MD Medicine files FIR against Karnataka Medical College
Bengaluru: A renowned city-based medical college, affiliated with Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) is currently under investigation, following the allegations by an MD medico accusing the said medical college of syphoning money which was payable to Post-Graduate medicos. The said accusations have brushed upon the senior management of the medical college near Hoskote, as per recent media reports
Hindu reports about one Dr Prashanta G Koppal, who completed his MD in General Medicine from the said medical college, and has gone ahead and filed an FIR with the Hoskote police, accusing the top administration officials of the medical college of siphoning money owed to students over the last three years.
He also alleged that the college management had forced him and other PG medicos in his batch, to sign blank cheques and took their ATM cards while allegedly threatening them that if they don’t comply with the demands, it may ruin their future.
Dr Koppal had gotten a seat in the General Medicine course in the year 2015 along with 36 students. Another 14 students were enrolled in the Diploma course.
It was informed that according to directives passed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the university that the medical college functions under, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences; the college should have paid each student, a house surgeon, Rs 12,50,000 as a stipend for three years. For this purpose, the medical college was directed to open a savings account for each of the students.
However, the medical college allegedly didn’t abide by with the orders of the top authorities, on top they allegedly forced the students to sign blank cheques and confiscated their ATM cards, Dr Koppal stated in his complaint adding that the students were threatened that they would not be allowed to continue the course if they raised objections.
“They warned us that our future was in their hands and those who questioned them would be thrown out,” Dr Koppal claimed while narrating the dilemma to the police officials. Dr Koppal took this action after all the students passed out in May this year.
Meanwhile, another graduate, on condition of anonymity, agreed to the accusations made by Dr Koppal. He claimed that when he complained to the bank he was advised not to report this given that his academic career was at stake. The students stated that they had also approached RGUHS on the matter, reports The Hindu.
The police are currently investigating the case against the college.