The Madras High Court granted conditional bail to a lady college teacher who is an ‘accused’ in the Tamil Nadu ‘sex for degrees case’ after her being behind the bars for almost a year. The bail was granted after the government counsel said there was no dissent to her ‘bail being granted’.
As per a report in PTI, the bail was granted to the culprit, Nirmala Devi, by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. The now-suspended assistant professor allegedly attracted luring some girl students to extend sexual favours to senior officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) in return for higher marks and money.
This case shocked the nation when it made headlines last year. The accused had previously petitioned for ‘bail’ but it was turned down. She was arrested and put behind bars for almost 11 months after her college and a women’s forum had lodged a police complaint against her for ‘trafficking students’.
The case came to view after audio clips of the accused went viral where she was heard talking to girls and telling them to ‘adjust’ with some senior officials of the college “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”, an idea seen as asking them to extend sexual favours.
The case was soon directed to CB-CID soon after it came to view owing to extensive public outrage over the matter. The investigation officials and agencies had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in September 2018.
The MHC has directed the culprit to maintain the norms of the conditional bail in the strictest possible way which includes remaining confidential from talking to media reporters that might hamper the investigations.