College directors blackmail Indian student

Melbourne: Three employees at a private college have been charged with blackmailing an Indian student. The student had earlier complained about the standard of education in the college. The three employees charged are of Indian-origin.

It was alleged that the trio threatened the student to retract complaints he had made against South Pacific Institute in 2009.

Kanwal Singh, his fellow South Pacific Institute director Gurvinder Singh, and a third man, Ayush Gupta, were charged by the Victoria Police with two counts of making an unwarranted demand on a person with menace, The Age reported.

The Indian student had complained about the standard of education at the institute. He also alleged that the staff was taking cash from students to upgrade marks. He also complained that the college was employing unqualified teachers.

The Australian newspaper said that while the state education authorities were well aware about the allegations of misconduct involving the South Pacific Institute since 2009, it was still operating.

The institute has denied any claims of impropriety.

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