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CBCID to probe case against college teacher luring students to sex trade

IANS  |  Chennai 

With political parties demanding a CBI probe into the alleged attempt at sexual trafficking of college students by a professor, the Police ordered the transfer of the case to the Branch-Investigation Department (CBCID).

Considering the importance of the case, the Director General of Police (DGP) ordered to transfer the case from in district to the CBCID, a government statement said.

On a complaint lodged by R. Ramasamy, Secretary, in Arupukkottai, a case has been registered against Assistant over attempt to lure some students into sex trade, according to the statement.

On the other hand, the said it had decided to scrap its proposal to set up a five-member committee to probe the alleged sexual trafficking complaint.

In a statement, said: "The university is keen that all details with regard to the incident be inquired into without any bias. Hence the proposal to form an internal committee in the university has been withdrawn."

"The high powered inquiry by R. Santhanam, IAS (retd), ordered by the will commence forthwith for which the university will be rendering all necessary assistance," he said.

Based on the report from the university, Banwarilal Purohit, in his capacity as the Chancellor, had ordered for inquiry by a high powered committee, the statement said.

Leaders of political parties, however, came down heavily on the committees set up by the and the and demanded a probe by the (CBI).

said committees appointed by Purohit and Chellathurai to probe an alleged sexual trafficking complaint were not legally valid.

Supporting the arrest of the female who allegedly tried to lure her students to extend sexual favours to top officials of the university in Tamil Nadu, he said only a CBI probe was only justified.

It was on Monday that Purohit and Chellathurai had ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter by the retired IAS officer, Santhanam.

But Chellathurai told reporters in on Monday that a five-member committee had been constituted to investigate the case.

"Governor Purohit is only a Chancellor of the university. He does not have the power to govern or probe malpractices in the colleges," Ramadoss said, adding only the college management had the power to take action against a found to be misguiding the students to take a wrong path.

"A shadow of suspicion is on all the top officials of the university and hence Chellathurai can face an inquiry committee but can't set up one," the said.

Ramadoss said the accused professor's mobile phone call records should be checked to determine others involved.

Nirmala Devi, who taught at the in Aruppukottai, was at the centre of a storm after audio clips of her talks with some students suggested that they yield themselves to keep the "higher-ups" in the happy, so that the college keeps getting facilities. The clips went viral in the

Police in district has questioned her so far.

told reporters that only a of a university could set up an inquiry committee and not the Governor in the capacity of the Chancellor.

"It is not known why the Governor as the Chancellor acted in this manner. There seems to be some confusion. Only a high court-monitored CBI probe will bring out the truth," he said.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:04 IST