Chennai, Apr 17: Aruppukkottai college assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who is accused of persuading four girls for sexual favours, was arrested from her residence on Monday evening. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit appointed a retired IAS officer, R Santhanam, to probe the allegations.

The Aruppukkottai police arrested the accused after seven hours as she had locked herself in her house. The police team, which had gone to arrest her on the complaint filed by the college secretary, R Ramasamy, had to break into the house to arrest her.

A case sections 370 and 511 have been registered. She has also been booked under the Information Technology Act.

“There have been widespread reports about certain immoral happenings at a college in Aruppukottai, in which references to Madurai Kamaraj University have also been made. It is important to inquire into such matters immediately and without prejudice so that the guilty do not escape without punishment,” a Raj Bhavan statement read.

The statement was released after a high-powered inquiry was recommended by the Governor after receiving a report from the Madurai Kamaraj University into the matter. The Governor is the chancellor of the university.