University principal arrested in Barbados

Police on Friday arrested Washington University’s chief executive officer, Gopi Venkat Rao, escorting him off the Oldbury, St Philip campus in handcuffs.

The head of the medical school is said to be an alleged wanted fugitive from India, sought for bilking thousands of dollars from hundreds of students with promises of admissions into foreign medical universities.

Students and faculty at the university were only made aware of Rao’s deceit on Sunday, September 30 after media outlets India Times News Network and The Hindu newspaper reported the day before that more than 200 students were duped by an educational consultancy firm of which Venkat is the owner.

Six of Venkat’s staff members were arrested in India, and police launched a hunt for the…

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