The Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit called for a press meeting at Raj Bhavan, chennai to express his views as the chancellor of universities, with regard to the audio tape released in which an assistant professor Nirmala Devi belonging to a private autonomous college, Arupukkottai claiming that she is well connected with high officials of the Raj Bhavan including the Governor, who convinced four girls of the college to do ‘sexual favour‘ for the high officials.
Purohit denied the fact that he had reference with the assistant professor and the accusation thrown on him was baseless and nonsense. Nirmala Devi was then arrested by the Aruppukottai police, interrogated and then remanded to judicial custody for 12 days and now lodged in the women central prison at Madurai. Purohit had constituted an one man enquiry officer Santhanam, a retired IAS officer, who will interogate all involved in the audio tape and present a detailed report at the end of this month. Based on the report, strict and swift action will be initiated by the governor, and even the case may be refered to CBI, purohit said.
Meanwhile, while a last question was raised by a journalist in the press meeting called on by the governor, unable to answer or did not want to answer, he gently patted the journalist, which had become very much viral and controversial as the journalist twitted that she did not expect such a gesture from a person holding a most high profile of office. Later, governor’s office released a press note claiming that the gentle pat by the governor was not in any wrong intention but a gesture as a grandfather, in the sense of appreciation to the journalist and also expressed regret and apology for his act. But, the Rajya sabha MP kanimozhi has twitted that the act of the governor was far beyond the expectation and ruined the modesty of the women.