TN: Woman lecturer arrested for advising students to 'adjust' with officials

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"Based on its report, the Assistant Professor, who was away in MKU for a refresher course, was recalled through a special messenger and immediately placed under suspension", Devanga Arts College correspondent R. Ramasamy toldThe Hindu.

The assistant professor of the autonomous college was finally arrested from her house after she locked herself when the police reached there. An audio clip featuring the purported conversation between the lecturer and some students went viral on Sunday. The Madurai Kamaraj University has formed a committee to probe the incident.

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit, the chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University to which the college is affiliated, set up a committee to look into what he described as reports about "immoral happenings" in a college. Without using any direct reference to sexual favour, she indirectly implies that as a teacher, she had supported them till now academically.

She informs them how the officials providing these opportunities are someone of the Governor's stature and this would mean a lot of money for them if they take it up. She was also booked under the Information Technology Act.

"I can assure you can scale great heights". 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.

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When the girls tell her not to talk about this again, Nirmala Devi seeks an assurance from them that they will not reveal the conversation to anyone. An official of the college said she was suspended after they received a complaint from students on March 19.

"Dating takes social courage and we need to teach our young people the virtue of social courage", Cronin said in a statement.

The professor started with the assignment 12 years ago but today, she has a different version of the assignment and gives it only for extra credit to her students.

In the audio clip, Devi is heard talking to a student about an "opportunity" and about things students have to do "secretly" for a senior university official.

DMK working president MK Stalin has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.