Melbourne: Three Indian-origin employees at
a private college in Australia have been charged with
blackmailing an Indian student, who had complained about the
standard of education at the institute.
The charges relate to allegations that the trio
threatened the student to get him to retract complaints he had
made in 2009 against the South Pacific Institute.
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 student had made complaints about the standard of
education at the college and allegations that school staff
were taking cash from students to upgrade marks and employing
The 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.
However, the institute has denied claims of
The former state government had initiated a rapid
audit of the institutes which were considered high risk and
more than dozens were shut down after the audit.
Labor MP Luke Donnellan, who had previously called for
Victorian authorities to better support overseas students,
said the state government should ensure college managers
accused of criminal offences were suspended until their court
matters were resolved.