Assistant professor at Cukurova University’s Public Law department, Serdar Korucu has reportedly spied on his colleagues to secure his position at the Adana-based university.
According to Cumhuriyet daily newspaper, Korucu filed a complaint with a local prosecutor against Gunal Kursun, a board member at the same department and Hakan Mertcan, an academic at Mersin University who, according to Korucu, has been trying to replace him at Cukurova University, in August, 2016.
While Korucu accused Kursun of having links to the Gulen movement, which the government put the blame on for the July 15 coup attempt, he claimed that Mertcan has ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
While the prosecutor ruled lack of grounds for legal action against Mertcan, an investigation was launched against Kursun on Korucu’s complaint.
A law professor at Cukurova University, Kursun wrote columns for the movement-linked Today’s Zaman newspaper before it was shut down by the government.
Cumhuriyet said Korucu had filed another complaint against Mertcan in 2015, accusing him having ties to the Alevi groups. The prosecutor transferred his complaint to the Higher Education Council (YÖK) which later initiated no investigation into Mertcan.
Meanwhile, Mertcan was ultimately dismissed from his post in a post-coup government decree on Apr 29.