Hyderabad: Senior Professor and Head of Department (HOD) for General Medicine at the popular Osmania Medical College has recently been arrested and remanded to judicial custody on account of allegedly collecting Rs 75,000 as bribe from medical students to pass them in the internal examination. The professor has also been charged for amassing illegal assets.
The arrest was made yesterday based on a complaint received from medical students alleging that the professor demanded money for passing them in the examination. Following the complaint, the case was registered against the medical professor and after due preliminary enquiry, searches were conducted at his office as well as his residence.
The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials seized incriminating documents showing the collection of money from medical college students during the searches conducted at the office and residence of Osmania Medical College HOD (General Medicine), an ACB release said, reports UNI.
PTI adds that the ACB sleuths also found documents related to properties registered in the name of the accused professor and his family members.
According to the ACB release, on March 2, the professor told a few medical students that their exams did not go well and they are at risk of failing in the examination. Next day when the students met him, he took their hall tickets and contact numbers and told them that he is taking a risk to pass them in exams for which he demanded Rs 50,000 from each student.
He forwarded a photograph of a cheque in the name of one Srinu’s account name through WhatsApp to students and asked them to send a screenshot of the transaction to his WhatsApp number. On the same day, students transferred an amount of Rs.75,000 to the said account through Tez/Google Pay, reports Telangana Today.
The students transferred Rs 75,000 into Shrinu’s account and also lodged a complaint with the ACB, the release went on to add.
Following their complaint, the ACB officials registered a case after preliminary enquiry and searches were conducted at the office and residence of the professor on yesterday where they found documents showing the collection of money from medical college students and sale and purchase of properties in his name and family members.
Further, the ACB officials found that Dr Balaji and his family members own a flat worth Rs 36 lakh, two Agriculture lands (3 acres) at Rajapur, one acre 30 gunta land in Rangareddyguda, 37 open plots worth Rs 1.96 crore in Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Medchal-Malkajgiri districts and a car worth Rs 9 lakh.
“He has a bank balance of Rs 10 lakh and total property are worth Rs 2.51 crore and the market value is approximately Rs 6 crore,” the officer informed The Hindu.