Nirmala Devi case: Former IAS officer Santhanam to begin probe today

The one-man commission headed by retired IAS officer, Santhanam, appointed by Governor Banwarilal Purohit to probe the alleged leaked audio of assistant professor Nirmala Devi, will commence its investigation on Thursday, said sources at the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU).
Aruppukkottai college assistant professor Nirmala Devi
Aruppukkottai college assistant professor Nirmala Devi

Madurai

After the audio of Nirmala Devi allegedly luring college students to extend favours for VIPs emerged, the Governor was quick to appoint the one-man commission comprising Santhanam. Purohit had also announced that Santhanam would submit the report by the end of April. 
Santhanam, running short on time, would commence his investigation from Thursday, said sources in the university. A source added that he would visit Arupukottai initially and would start his investigation from the Devanga Arts College. Both staff and students have been asked to come forward to register their views on Nirmala Devi and her conduct. If some students had been affected earlier by Nirmala Devi, they have also been asked to depose before the commission. Their identity would be protected. 
Santhanam would later visit the MKU to probe higher officials, including Vice Chancellor P P Chellathurai. Even at the MKU, officials and staff who have any idea about the audio or the identity of those mentioned in the clip can approach the commission, with identity protection ensured.
Threat to Nirmala in jail: Counsel
Arrested assistant professor Nirmala Devi of Aruppukottai faces threat to her life inside the Madurai Central Prison and she needs protection, said her advocate Balasubramanian here on Wednesday.
After her arrest, Nirmala Devi, assistant professor of Devanga Arts College, was lodged in the prison on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, Balasubramanian met her in the jail. After getting her statements, he met the media outside the prison and said Nirmala Devi has accepted that she had spoken to the students but her voice has been edited and released on social media. It was done by other educational institutions in Aruppukottai due to stiff competition among the institutions and Nirmala was made a victim, he said. He also said Nirmala Devi had informed him that she was not feeling safe inside the prison and was facing threat to her life. So protection should be given to her, urged Balasubramanian. 
As the jail warden and jailer were present, she could not speak more but when the probe by the CB-CID begins, he will talk to her in detail, he added.

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