VIRUDHUNAGAR: CB-CID sleuths, on Friday, filed an 1160-page charge sheet in the Nirmala Devi case, at the Virudhunagar Judicial Magistrate II Court here. It may be recalled that a telephone conversation by the assistant professor, Nirmala Devi, from Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai, seeking sexual favours from some girl students on behalf of higher officials, took the State by storm. On April 16, police arrested Nirmala Devi. The case was later transferred to the CB-CID.
A team led by CB-CID SP Rajeswari and including DSPs M Muthusankaralingam, Hajitha and Karuppiah and nine inspectors started their investigation on April 19. Based on the confession statement of Nirmala Devi, the CB-CID officials arrested Karuppiah, a post-doctorate student of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), and V Murugan, an assistant professor at MKU’s department of management studies.
The CB-CID officials held inquiries with MKU officials, the teaching and non-teaching staff and the students of Devanga Arts and Science College, and their statements were documented.
Nirmala Devi, Murugan and Karuppiah were remanded in judicial custody. They approached the judicial court as well as the high court seeking bail, but the court rejected their plea. Nirmala Devi was taken to Chennai for a voice test, as per an order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, and the forensic department confirmed that the voice in the audio was that of Nirmala Devi.