An Indian college teacher was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly making tacit requests for sexual favours to her students on behalf of officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University in Tamil Nadu.
The arrested college teacher was identified as Nirmala Devi, 46, of Devanga Arts College.
Nirmala Devi promised financial and academic rewards to students in return for sex claiming she knows the Governor, who is the chancellor of the Madurai Kamaraj University.
The math professor Nirmala was arrested on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the matter became public.
She has been charged under the IT Act. The case has been shifted to a special team of investigators.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has denied having any link with Nirmala Devi.
"I do not know the lady...I am above politics. Strict action will be taken if someone is found guilty. We will get to know only after an inquiry," Governor Purohit told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
Nirmala has been working at the prestigious college in Virudhnagar for a decade.
The college was informed about the matter nearly a month ago by the students, approached the police yesterday (Monday) only after an audio clip of the teacher's conversation with students was widely shared on social media.
Till then, it was continuing its internal inquiries and the professor was suspended.
The Madurai Kamaraj University has withdrawn its five-member probe committee after Governor Purohit announced an investigation by a former bureaucrat Monday.
However, the professor has denied any wrongdoing.
In the audio clip that was circulated widely on WhatsApp and Facebook, she is heard promising students "good support financially and academically".
The students were advised not to inform anyone, but the teacher said they were free to inform their parents if they wished. "If you tell, we can plan accordingly... we can open an account and deposit the money that comes in".
The state's Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai that such "black sheep" cannot be allowed and assured that the government will take action against her.