April 17, 2018
Chennai : Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday dismissed attempts to link him with sex scandal of Virudhunagar college saying that he had never met the woman nor seen her face and as such the allegations were baseless and false.
College professor Nirmala Devi, arrested for her attempt to goad girl students to extend sexual favours, had claimed in an audio clip that went viral on social media that she knew the governor very well, leading to speculations of governor’s links her.
“I do not know the lady, I have never met the lady. No one can meet me without my permission,” governor Purhoit told a crowded news conference. Responding to a volley of questions fired from all directions, the governor cited his old age and how he had grand children and great grandchildren.
When asked if he would step down as demanded by the opposition, the governor was combative and said the opposition may say anything but there was no question of his stepping down.
“There is a probe ordered by Santhanam, a very senior and respected and responsible person. He will submit a report within 15 days, before the end of the month. He will inquire into all aspects of the incident and after his report, I will take strict action,” the governor said adding that there was no need for a CBI probe into the matter.
When asked if he was already being investigated for earlier misconduct, the governor rubbished the question and allegations to that effect. This is rubbish and the allegations are baseless, he said.
He also defended the setting up of the probe panel and said that he was well within his rights to setup the inquiry panel. There is no need for the governor to consult the state government on matters of university affairs, he said.
The police investigation can carry on alongside the governor said. “Let the police do its job. I will do mine. After the Santhanam committee submits its report I will take strict action,” he said.
Governor Purohit was asked about Cauvery issue and said the centre was working out a solution. Purohit said that he had spoken to union minister Nitin Gadkari who has assured that the centre was trying to work out a solution. He rejected the contention that the centre was delaying the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board because of elections in Karnataka.