Members of All India Democratic Women Association along with students staged a sit-in protest in front of the college pressing the college authorities to file a police complaint on the incident that happened in mid-March. The Assistant Professor Nirmala Devi has been taken into custody by the police.
An audio clip of an mathematics professor from Tamil Nadu persuading her students to undertake an "assignment" for the university's high-ranking officials has gone viral.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University to which the college is affiliated, set up a "high powered inquiry" committee to look into "certain immoral" happenings surrounding the lecturer. They are expecting college students for successfully completing an important assignment.
Madurai Kamaraj University Vice Chancellor PP Chellathurai said the controversy was an attempt to malign the reputation of the institution and its officials, The New Indian Express reported. Addressing the pupil on the other end as "kanna", she says that till now, under teacher-students relationship, she has supported them academically. "I am saying this for your good", she is heard saying in the clip.
She promised the girls financial support remitted into their bank accounts each month and academic support to pursue education without hassles up to PhD level.
".You might have seen the video of Governor's visit which I had given you".
Fisheries minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that such "black sheep" can not be allowed and assured that the government will take action against her. While Nirmala Devi could not be contacted, she told a television channel that her intention was not bad and the girls misunderstood what she said. The university has no role in the exams. "We are planning to file a complaint on Monday", he said. "There seems to be some nexus with the higher ups", he told reporters. She, however, has denied sexual angle to her advice and claimed she had made it "in the right spirit" and not with any hidden motive or agenda.
Demanding the immediate arrest of the lady professor, a through probe should be ordered to identify for which higher authorities she has indulged in such indecent act and bring them to book. "Personally, I think we should adopt the punishment methods of the Arab countries". Jayakumar further said that the State government viewed the incident seriously and would not hesitate to initiate stringent action.Reacting to the issue that shocked the State, DMK working president M K Stalin demanded a CBI probe.