CHENNAI: The State government on Monday promised stringent action against an assistant professor of mathematics in a college in Virudhunagar district, who had allegedly lured girl students with ‘money’ and ‘marks’ in order to sexually exploit them. The opposition parties have demanded a CBI probe into the shocking incident.Senior AIADMK leader and Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar said the government had taken a serious view of the issue.
“It is unbecoming of a professor to misguide the students. Such black sheep should be weeded out,” he told reporters. Jayakumar further said that the State government viewed the incident seriously and would not hesitate to initiate stringent action.Reacting to the issue that shocked the State, DMK working president M K Stalin demanded a CBI probe. “We demand a High Court-monitored CBI probe into the shocking incident,” he said, while addressing media here.
PMK youth wing leader and Lok Sabha member Dr Anbumani Ramadoss also wanted a thorough investigation by the Central agency in order to bring out the truth behind the episode of luring girls for an influential person.“We can presume that efforts were made to lure the girls in order to fulfil the sexual desires of an influential person. It is necessary to expose that person and the administrators of Kamaraj University who indulged in the abominable act,” he said in a statement.
Pointing out the reference to the Governor in the audio chat which the assistant professor allegedly had with the girl students, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) said the Governor, the department of Higher Education and the (Kamaraj) University should have been involved in the luring episode and called for a high-level inquiry under the watchful eyes of the High Court.The party’s State secretary K Balakrishnan, in a statement, urged the Centre to recall the Governor in order to ensure a free and fair probe. He also demanded that the Vice-Chancellors and other authorities, who were appointed by the Governor, be kept away from office.