Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit has power to order probe, says Education Minister

AIADMK spokesperson and Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar said the government would hold necessary investigations to find out the real culprits.

Published: 18th April 2018 03:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th April 2018 03:25 AM   |  A+A-

SFI members protesting in front of the Anna University campus on Tuesday | Sunish P Surendran

By Express News Service

CHENNAI : Tamil Nadu Minister for Higher Education KP Anbazhagan on Tuesday maintained that the Governor had the authority to order a probe into the issue of an assistant professor allegedly luring girl students for sexual exploitation as quid pro quo for money and marks, the opposition parties sounded sceptical of his authority and reiterated the demand for a CBI probe to unearth the truth.

Responding to reporters' queries on the issue, Anbazhagan said, "In his capacity as Chancellor of the university, Governor has got the authority to order a probe."

"The government is ready to hold a thorough probe. She (assistant professor Nirmala Devi) had already been arrested to find the veracity of the charges. Investigations will be held to ascertain the truth," he added.

All those involved in the issue, whoever they may be, would be brought under the ambit of the probe, Anbazhagan said, while replying to a specific question on the involvement of some influential persons.

AIADMK spokesperson and Minister for Fisheries D Jayakumar said the government would hold necessary investigations to find out the real culprits.

Stalin questions rationale

Meanwhile, DMK working president MK Stalin questioned the rationale behind the Governor ordering a probe.

"Vice-Chancellor of a university functions as the head in resolving the issues of the faculties and students. Naturally, he should have initiated action on this issue," he said.

Stalin noted, "It cannot be understood how Governor took the initiative (to order a probe). It is ambiguous."

He flayed the Governor for usurping the powers of the Vice-Chancellor and raised doubts whether the State was under President's rule.

Saying that the Governor, in his capacity as Chancellor, had no powers in the administration or to inquire about the irregularities in a campus, PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss underscored that only an investigative agency was the right body to probe a case involving criminality.

He also emphasised the need for a CBI inquiry so that all those involved in the issue could be punished.


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