Tamil Nadu college sex scandal: Governor won’t resign; top 10 developments

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit ruled out his resignation in the wake of a raging controversy over a sex scandal in a college in the state involving an assistant professor

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Amid the raging Tamil Nadu Madurai Kamaraj University college sex scandal, Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismissed as “nonsense” and “baseless” an allegation that he was under the Union Home Ministry’s scanner for sexual misconduct. Purohit categorically denied any association with the college professor arrested for suggesting her students extend sexual favours to university officials in exchange for academic and financial rewards. Further, Purohit ruled out his resignation over the matter. Meanwhile, as political parties demanded a CBI probe into the matter, the Tamil Nadu Police chief ordered the transfer of the case involving an alleged attempt at sexual trafficking of college students by a professor to the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID).

The female professor who allegedly tried to coax her students into extending sexual favours to top officials of the university in Tamil Nadu has been arrested. On Monday, Governor Purohit and Madurai Kamaraj University Vice-Chancellor P P Chellathurai had ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter by the retired IAS officer R Santhanam. On Tuesday, Governor Purohit had appeared to keep the option of a CBI probe into the sex scandal open, saying he would decide on it once the report of the one-man committee headed by Santhanam was submitted.

Purohit’s denial comes after a report in a daily in February this year claimed the Governor of a southern state was accused of sexual misconduct and that the Union home ministry was investigating the veracity of the allegation.

Purohit, who called an unusual press conference on Tuesday to promise a fair inquiry into the Tamil Nadu college sex scandal, was at the receiving end of reporters’ questions about the arrested female teacher allegedly making repeated references to him and whether he would resign to stay away from the probe. He was also asked how the probe appointed by him would be fair.

An assistant professor in the Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district, Nirmala Devi has been arrested on the charge of suggesting to some girl students that they yield themselves to keep the “higher-ups” in the Madurai Kamaraj University happy. She is heard making the suggestion in an audio clip that went viral over social media.

Here are the top 10 developments around the Tamil Nadu Madurai Kamaraj University college sex scandal that has brought Governor Banwarilal Purohit into spotlight:

1) Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismisses allegations as ‘nonsense’: Amid the raging Madurai Kamaraj University sex scandal, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit dismissed as “nonsense’ and “baseless” allegations that he was the subject of a Union Home Ministry probe for sexual misconduct. “It is nonsense, baseless, totally baseless,” he told reporters at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai. In a report in a daily in February this year, it was claimed that the Governor of a southern state was accused of sexual misconduct and that the veracity of the allegation was being looke into by the Home Ministry. Subsequently, the ministry had said that it was not aware of any such alleged sexual misconduct by any Governor.

2) Purohit assures guilty in Tamil Nadu sex scandal will be punished: Governor Purohit said strict action would be taken in the Tamil Nadu college sex scandal and asserted that the guilty would be punished. “The matter is very serious… it should not have happened and the guilty has to be punished (sic),” he said. The Raj Bhavan asserted that swift action was being taken in an unbiased manner to bring out the truth in the matter.

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