Kamal Haasan, the president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), said that his party will support everyone demanding action against those guilty in the alleged ‘sex scandal’ that came to light in Devanga Arts College.
The 63-year-old Haasan was responding to a question on the “sex for grades” issue as well as the manner in which some senior politicians from a particular political party commented on women.
“We are very ashamed and so should be the state. I am very sure that the law will take its course. They will be punished whether they are deans, headmistresses, teachers or even students,” Haasan said referring to the incident which shocked Tamil Nadu.
“This will not be tolerated,” Haasan declared, adding, “Action will be demanded by the people, the students and MNM will be with them.”
Haasan was addressing a mock gram panchayat meeting held at Alwarpet residence in the afternoon today when he was asked to comment on the controversy.
Last week, girl students of the college accused a woman lecturer of advising students “to adjust with some officials” in return for higher marks and money.
The college located in Aruppukottai is affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), whose Chancellor is Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
The Governor denied having any link with the assistant professor after the accused claimed she knows him.
On 17 April, the Governor said that a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe will be ordered based on the findings of the high-level enquiry committee formed to look into the matter.
Those demanding a CBI probe want the names of the “higher-ups” to be revealed.
A probe by retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, R Santhanam, has already been ordered by Purohit.
The professor was suspended last month after female students accused her of the grave charge. But police action came only after audio clips of the woman allegedly asking some students to satisfy “higher-ups” went viral last Sunday.
The main accused has been sent to five days CB-CID custody by a judicial magistrate court in Sattur in Virudhunagar district.