The head of the Zoology department in Katwa College, under Burdwan University, accompanied by three other faculties, have allegedly demanded money from certain students promising ‘healthy’ marks in semester exams, and threatening to reduce marks if one dared to disobey them.

Four students from the department exposed the deal through a complaint lodged with the college principal and with the college’s governing committee. They brought charges of corruption. The aggrieved students submitted audio clips containing conversation of the accused teachers with some students in which the former was allegedly heard asking for money, promising better marks.

In one audio clip, one teacher was heard saying, “I shall remove pages of his answer script and see how he manages to secure more than 8 or 9 marks out of 30.”

Another teacher soughtRs 2,000 as tuition fee with additional Rs 500 each for four zoology papers.

The students pleaded to the principal, Nirmalendu Sarkar not to allow such teachers to evaluate their papers.

The principal said: “I have received the complaint along with some audio clips and screenshots of certain conversations grabbed in a cell phone. We shall investigate the matter. We have assured students that such alleged practices will not be tolerated.” The MLA, Katwa, Rabindranath Chatterjee is the college’s governing body member. He said the matter needs investigation