Published: 06th April 2019
Osmania Medical College students accuse former HOD of constant psychological harassment
The suspended ex-professor was recently arrested by police on bribery charges, and could be blacklisted by the concerned authorities
Students of Osmania Medical College (OMC), who were victims of the bribery case in which Bukhia Balaji, HOD (General Medicine) was arrested, claimed that they were 'psychologically harassed' for over a year before the complaint was filed two months ago. Speaking under the condition of anonymity, one of the PG students said, "Two batches over a period of one year were affected. The students were constantly put through psychological trauma and harassment. They were always under the fear that their promotion to the next year would be hampered."
Ex-professor Bukhia Balaji was arrested on April 4 on the charge of accepting bribe from students to pass them in examinations. Another student and one of the victims said that they had first filed a complaint with the JUDA, who forwarded the matter to the principal of OMC, Dr Shashikala Reddy. "After the complaint reached the principal, an internal committee was formed to investigate the case, the result of which was the HOD's suspension. We have also demanded that the professor be blacklisted from being appointed as an examiner in the future."
Principal Shashikala said that the request to blacklist Balaji had been forwarded to the concerned authorities and that they were waiting for a suitable response. However, it remains unclear as to why the internal committee did not approach the police or the ACB, as the latter was tipped off anonymously.