Suspended Anna University professor GV Uma has moved the Madras High Court for anticipatory bail in connection with marks-for-cash scam that has hit the educational institution.

Uma, who was booked by Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on 31 July, argued in her petition that she conducted examinations for the University in a fair and transparent manner during her stint as controller of examinations from 3 March 2015 to 2 March 2018.

According to The Times of India, Uma claimed that a controller could not influence examiners or officers to award favourable marks to any student. She had earlier stated that it was she who took action against 1,040 examiners after a re-evaluation of marks revealed glaring deviations.

Justice M Dhandapani on Thursday asked the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) to file a reply by 14 August.

The DVAC had charged Uma and nine other teaching faculty members of Anna University and other colleges for accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 per student in exchange of marks.

The Anna University had on 3 August suspended Uma and three other faculty members over the controversy.

Anna University Vice-Chancellor MK Surappa had told reporters, “There is overwhelming evidence against professor Uma, proving her involvement at different levels in the scam. Our internal inquiry committee also found evidence against other two faculty members P Vijayakumar and R Sivakumar from University College of Engineering Tindivanam as well. The other seven members named in FIR are not our faculty members.”