The Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), on Friday, submitted a report to the Madras High Court stating that Nirmala Devi, who was accused of luring her students at Devanga Arts College in Virudhunagar to provide sexual favours, had confessed to her crime. She reportedly confessed that she was luring the girls for the co-accused in the case – Murugan and Karuppasamy.
The report also allegedly said that no other senior officials were involved in the case.
“Based on the confession of accused Nirmala Devi and statement of witnesses, it was found that two other accused, namely Murugan and Karuppasamy, were involved in this case. Both these accused persons were in close association with the accused Nirmala Devi. She had illegal intimacy with both these accused and she has gone to an extent by promising to please them by providing her own college students for sexual favours. Both the accused Murugan and Karuppasamy asked Nirmala Devi to seduce young innocent college girls to offer sexual favours to them. They had repeatedly insisted that college girls shall be arranged for them for providing sexual favours and thus they had tried to sexually exploit the young college going girls their personal benefits,” read a part of the report.
The report indicates that no other senior officials, as claimed by Nirmala Devi in the audio clips, were involved in the case as it was earlier deemed to be.
Nirmala Devi, an assistant professor in Devanga Arts College in Virudhunagar was arrested in April after four students accused her of trying to lure them into sexual work. The students had submitted audio clips of the phone conversation with the professor. The case was handed over to the CBCID and meanwhile the TN governor Banwarilal Purohit also formed a one-man committee under retired IAS officer R Santhanam to probe the allegations.
The two accomplices who were also accused along with Nirmala Devi are V Murugan, assistant professor at the Madurai Kamarajar University and Karuppasamy, a former research student of fine arts at the university. The CB-CID had taken them also into custody and conducted investigation.