Madras High Court refuses to halt SIT probe into varsity sex scandal

The bench also directed the university to file a report on the proper implementation of the Act in its institutions.

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Madras High Court refuses to halt SIT probe into varsity sex scandal
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The Madras High Court declined to stall the probe into the alleged sex scandal at Madurai Kamaraj University by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Tamil Nadu Governor.

A division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice P Rajamanickam said on Thursday, “We cannot stay the probe by SIT; all we can do is only ask the university whether it has implemented the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act.”

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The bench also directed the university to file a report on the proper implementation of the Act in its institutions.

The direction came on a plea by Revolutionary Students Youth Front, seeking to stall the probe conducted by the SIT. The Youth Front asked to constitute a new team headed by a woman official to investigate the scandal in which assistant professor Nirmala Devi allegedly tried to lure college girls to offer sexual favours to higher officials.

During the hearing, the Advocate General filed a status report saying the professor “voluntarily” confessed during custodial interrogation that she tried to lure girl students of her college only to offer sexual favours to other two accused in the case Murugan and Karuppasamy.

It was further submitted that with the assistance of cybercrime cell the call data records (CDR) of Nirmala Devi, Karuppasamy and Murugan were obtained from Mobile Service Providers (MSPs).

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The report said the records were analysed and relevant evidences of conspiracy was established.

Nirmala Devi, assistant professor at Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, was arrested on April 16, a day after an audio clip went viral on the social media, in which she purportedly sought to persuade girls to consider extending sexual favours to senior officials of MKU, to which the college is affiliated.

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