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TN college teacher gets bail 11 months after arrest in sex scandal case

Press Trust of India  |  Madurai 

A was Tuesday granted conditional by the Madras High Court, nearly 11 months after her arrest in a sensational sex scandal case.

Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar of the Madurai Bench granted to suspended Nirmala Devi, who has been accused of luring some girl students to extend favours to senior officials of the (MKU) here in return for higher marks and money.

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The judges directed her to fully cooperate with police in the investigation and barred her from giving any interview to the media that would harm the probe.

Earlier, her bail petitions were rejected by the lower court and the high court as well.

Devi, at private in Aruppukottai affiliated to the MKU, was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint by the college and a women's forum after an audio-clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on

In the audio-clip, she was purportedly heard advising girl students to "adjust" with some officials "for getting 85 per cent marks and money", a suggestion seen as asking them to extend sexual favours.

She was suspended by the college after an internal enquiry before her arrest.

As the alleged luring of the girl students triggered an outrage, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID within days of it being registered.

Based on interrogation of Devi, police arrested V Murugan of the university and research student for their alleged involvement in the case.

The two were granted bail by the later after the high court turned down their pleas.

The CB-CID had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in the in Srivilliputtur in September last year. Earlier, it had submitted a 1,160 page preliminary charge sheet in July.

In the final charge sheet, CB-CID altered the charges to include offences of trafficking, sexual harassment and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and the Act.

The fresh charges were included based on investigation, including voice test of Devi conducted at a in Chennai by police.

During the proceedings in the at Srivilliputhur, Devi had denied the charges and alleged police "coerced" her to give a statement.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 19:49 IST