The students shared a recording of a 20-minute-long phone conversation with the professor, Dr P Nirmala Devi, on social media, which later went viral.
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. A communique from RajBhavan stated that "it's is important to enquire into such matters immediately and without prejudice so that the guilty do not escape without punishment". The Madurai Kamaraj University has formed a committee to probe the incident. I have not gone down to this level till now... She was also booked under Section 65 of the Information Technology Act. I've been having a wonderful conversation about it for years with students at Boston College, but the movie also does a attractive job of showing the great human struggle that single people face day to day. "She is heard telling the student that they may decide on informing their parents about the plan". The statement also further suspects that there is a criminal nexus between the governor, governor's office and officials belonging to the higher education department. During the recorded talk, Nirmala reportedly told the girls that she too had done "so" in her younger days and no harm befell her.
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When the students refused to acquiesce to her proposition, Nirmala Devi asked them to not be hasty and take a few days to think it through. "So we cannot offer any favour for the students as claimed in the audio", he said, alleging that there could have been a conspiracy over the circulation of the audio clip. An official of the college said she was suspended after they received a complaint from students on March 19.
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. DMK working president and CPI (M) state secretary K Balakrishnan sought a Madras High Court-monitored probe.