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Controversial woman professor of TN university arrested

IANS  |  Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) 

A woman who allegedly tried to lure her students to extend sexual favours to top officials of a leading university in was on Monday arrested after the issue triggered a furore in the state.

Nirmala Devi, who was suspended after the episode came to light recently, was arrested by a police team which broke open into her house. She was taken into custody after a five-hour operation. Police summoned her relatives and a before the arrest.

The woman professor, who taught at a college in nearby Aruppukottai, was at the centre of a storm after audio clips of her talk with some students suggesting that they yield themselves to keep the 'higher-ups' in the happy so that the college gets facilities went viral on the

While Higher Minister promised stringent action in the matter, Banwarilal Purohit, the of the University, ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter by a retired IAS officer,

Nobody involved in the crime would be spared, a Raj Bhavan release quoting the as saying.

Meanwhile, the of the told reporters in that a five-member committee, including three women, had been constituted to go into the issue.

He said the University came to know about the whole episode not from the college. "Nobody who is involved in the matter will be spared and all of them will be brought before law."

The issue caused a political storm with leaders of various parties calling for stringent action against the woman and others involved in it.

demanded a High Court-monitored CBI probe. "There seems to be some nexus with the higher ups," he told reporters.

also demanded a probe by the (CBI) into the episode.

The former Union Ramadoss said a shocking audio clip of a in district trying to lure her students as a "sexual feed" for some higher officials in the university had come out.

Ramadoss said that in the audio clip the professor was allegedly heard saying that those who can provide facilities for the university have to be kept happy and they are expecting favours from the college students.

In the audio clip, the professor does not explicitly say the students have to extend sexual favours but leaves enough hints as to what she was trying to convey.

"The shocked poor students were heard saying in a broken voice that they are not interested in the proposal. Undeterred the professor tells the students that if they agree to the proposal then the students can achieve anything relating to their course," Ramadoss said.

Earlier, the college authorities had suspended the professor for 15 days which he insisted was not sufficient.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:00 IST