The Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan on Friday strongly defended its complaint against Tamil magazine Nakkeeran Editor RR Gopal and his employees while denying that Governor Banwarilal Purohit or his office had any links with jailed assistant professor Nirmala Devi.
In a strong statement close on the heels of the arrest and release of Gopal for publishing a defamatory article about Purohit in the sex scandal involving Nirmala Devi, it said every issue has its limits.
The Governor’s office had maintained a dignified silence for more than six months since the problem came to light as the law was taking its course and the matter was under investigation and subsequently placed before the court for trial, it said.
“Niirmala Devi has never entered Raj Bhavan in the last one year and she does not have any acquaintance with the Honourable Governor or the Secretary to the Governor or any of the Officers working in the Raj Bhavan”.
The statement added that the Governor had never visited the university guest house when he was invited there for the Mother Theresa University Convocation, which was being held in the Madurai Kamaraj University.
“Freeedom Fighters like Subramania Bharathi and V O Chidambaranar, leaders like Perarignar Anna and Perunthalaivar Kamarajar, Bharat Ratnas like Dr MGR
and Dr Abdul Kalam have done this State proud by their thoughts, deeds, speeches and writings”, it said.
Referring to the publication of articles in Tamil biweekly magazine Nakkeeran links the Office of the Governor to Nirmala Devi, ithe Raj Bhavan said, “it
is to be understood that no action even bordering on the excessive use of state power will be initiated or supported by Raj Bhavan”.
Having been hurt by the continuous baseless slander a complaint has been given under the law (against Gopal, who was arrested a couple of days and later released by a court), it said.