Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit has denied knowing the woman professor, who was arrested on Tuesday for luring her students to have sex in return of money.
“I do not know the lady… I am above politics. Strict action will be taken if someone is found guilty. We will get to know only after an inquiry,” Purohit was quoted by NDTV.
Nirmala Devi of Devanga Arts College had allegedly promised to reward her students financially and academically if they agreed to extend sexual favours. The 46-year-old professor said that she was doing so on behalf of officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University. She had also claimed to know the governor, who is the chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University.
Devi was arrested on Tuesday morning just a day after the matter became public and received plenty of spotlight on social media platforms. She has now been booked under the IT Act. The state government has transferred her case to the CBCID.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit has ordered a separate probe by a retired IAS officer.
The new controversy has erupted just two months after Janta Ka Reporter reported how the Centre had reportedly launched a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct by a governor of a key south Indian state. However. the government had not revealed the name of the governor in question.
Apparently, in an audio clip, being shared on social media, Devi is heard speaking to her students saying that an “opportunity” has come for doing certain things “secretly” for a very senior official of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) to which the college is affiliated.
“For doing something successfully, they [the officials] are expecting college students for certain things. I have not gone down to this level till now… By ‘certain things’ I hope, being college students, you will be able to grasp it quickly,” The Hindu quoted her saying.