TN: Woman lecturer arrested for advising students to 'adjust' with officials

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

46-year-old Nirmala Devi of Devanga Arts College was arrested this morning, less than 24 hours after the matter became public. The assistant professor working for a decade was suspended by the college authority the last month after the students complained about her alleged doing with and audio clips of her.

The female professor was arrested on Monday, a couple of days after the MKU suspended her for 15 days.

The parents of the students of the college are now looking up to the Department of Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu to step in and conduct a thorough inquiry to find out the culprits at the management level at the Madurai Kamaraj University.

The state government had ordered a probe by CBCID, the highest investigating agency of the state, only a day after the governor's office appointed a one-man committee, headed by retired IAS officer R. Santhanam to probe into the issue.

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In the 19-minute audio clip, Devi who calls her students affectionately as "Kanna" (Dear) attempts to entrap them to offer sexual favours in return for money and academic progress. He has also commented on the professor constant's mention of "higher officials" being involved.

The police had booked her under Sections 370 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code and under the provisions of the Information Technology Act for the conversation she had using the mobile phone. "Citing that part, she has said she wouldn't have made the suggestion if she wanted students to perform sexual favours", he said.

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When the girls tell her not to talk about this again, Nirmala Devi seeks an assurance from them that they will not reveal the conversation to anyone. A release from MKU said Purohit had formed the one-man committee "based" on a report from the Vice Chancellor P P Chellathurai. "It is an autonomous college which will draft its own question paper and correct it". Audio clip of a conversation in which the teacher is allegedly asking a student to perform sexual favours for a senior official has references to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, leading CPM to demand that the Centre recall the Governor for an independent probe. "Such people should be killed by an encounter", he told reporters here.

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