Nirmala Devi sex scandal HC wants to complete trial in 6 months

Nirmala Devi sex scandal: HC wants to complete trial in 6 months

The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has directed the lower court to expedite the trial in the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) scandal case and conclude the same in six months.

Nirmala Devi, an assistant professor of the Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, had allegedly attempted to lure women students saying senior officials of the university needed their services for some ‘urgent work’ and promised them financial benefits and unhindered academic progress in return.

The Madras High Court on Thursday set a deadline of September 10 for the CB-CID to file its final charge sheet in the case of Nirmala who allegedly tried to ‘lure’ students to extend sexual favours to some varsity officials for marks.

Besides Nirmala, two others associated with the university were arraigned as accused in the case and arrested. Governor Banwarilal Purohit had ordered an inquiry by retired IAS officer Santhanam, whose report has been kept under seal on the directions of the High Court.

During the hearing on Karuppasamy’s bail petition, the court observed that the incident sent shock waves across Tamil society. “This is an exceptional case where accused has to face trial while in jail,” the judge said while dismissing the petition.

Nirmala Devi was arrested on April 16 after an audio clip in which she purportedly told some girl students “to adjust with some officials” for higher marks and money went viral on the social media.