Hyderabad: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested Bhukya Balaji, Head of the General Medicine Department at the Osmania Medical College (OMC) for allegedly demanding money from medical students to pass them in the semester examination.
On March 2, Balaji called some students and told them that the exam did not go well and they were at risk of failing in the examination. He asked them to meet him the next day. When students met Balaji, he took their hall tickets and their contact numbers.
On March 3 evening, Balaji called and informed students that he was taking a risk to get them passed for which he demanded Rs.50,000 from each. When the students told him that they could not afford to pay such a huge amount, Balaji did not agree and insisted on to pay the amount.
He forwarded a photograph of a cheque in the name of one Rathlavath Srinu’s account name through WhatsApp to students and asked them to send a screen shot of the transaction to his WhatsApp number. On the same day, students transferred an amount of Rs.75,000 to Srinu’s account through Tez/Google Pay.
Based on a complaint received from students, the ACB registered a case after due preliminary inquiry and searches were carried out at Balaji’s office in OMC in Koti and residence in DD Colony. Police said many incriminating documents showing collection of money from medical college students were seized.
Documents related to sale and purchase of properties in his name and his family members were also found, according to a press release issued by ACB. The ACB officials produced Balaji before the special court for ACB cases after which he was remanded in judicial custody.
Anyone, who is acquainted with any facts and complaints pertaining to the same case, can forward them to ACB on WhatsApp number: 79010 99398. In case of demand of bribe by any employee of medical education department, the students and public can contact ACB’s toll-free number 1064 for taking action as per law.