May 18, 2016 1:00:51 am
CONFIDENT about his performance in his final year exam, a BA student from a college in Kalyan got his professor trapped by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) after the latter allegedly demanded a bribe to clear him in two papers that he had ‘failed’ in. Professor Bhimrao Kharat, 51, was allegedly caught red-handed at 10.20am Tuesday at the college as he was accepting Rs 2,000 from the student who had tipped off the agency.
ACB officials said the complainant, a 23-year-old final year student of Birla college in Kalyan, had recently taken his final year BA exams and was awaiting results. Kharat, a professor of political science, allegedly approached the complainant through someone and told him that he had failed in two papers. Kharat taught the two papers, ‘India in world politics’ and ‘Media and electoral process’, to the final year BA students.
“The professor demanded a total of Rs 4,000 — Rs 2,000 per paper — to clear the 23-year-old complainant,” said an officer.
“The student was surprised to learn this as he felt he had performed well in all the papers and would easily clear the exams,” the officer said. He then decided to approach the ACB. Accordingly, the student informed the ACB officials them about the proposition made by the professor, who has been with the college since 1997-98.
The ACB officials told the complainant to tell the professor that he was willing to make the payment so that they could catch him red- handed. The complainant approached the professor and told him he was willing to pay Rs 3,500. Kharat agreed and it was decided that the complainant would pay the first installment of Rs 2,000 to him at the college on Tuesday, said the officials.
A team from the ACB accompanied the complainant and placed Kharat under formal arrest as soon as he accepted the bribe.
ACB officials said they were asking students to speak out if the professor had demanded money from any other student in the past. An officer said the irony was that there was no way Kharat would know the paper was written by the complainant since students were not required to write their names on answersheets in board exams.
“We suspect he was fooling him and trying to make a quick buck,” said an officer, adding, “The truth will be revealed in June when results are declared.”
Dr Naresh Chandra, the principal of Birla college, said they were shocked by the incident and were taking a serious note of it. “We are conducting an inquiry and accordingly strict action will be taken,” Chandra told The Indian Express.
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