High Court asks for explanation on Nirmala Devi's extended stay in prison.
After it was reported that Nirmala Devi, key accused in the audio tape scandal case, was still in prison as her relatives were not coming forward to provide surety, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the State to know if this was true.
A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar asked if any of Nirmala Devi’s relatives was being threatened and sought a response on March 21. Nirmala Devi’s advocate S. Pasumpon Pandian had claimed that her family members were threatened against meeting her in prison and had not met her in the last 11 months.
Earlier, the High Court Bench, on March 12, had granted bail to Nirmala Devi in the case that sent shock waves across the State. However, the court restrained her from addressing the media on the issue.
The audio tape scandal came to light after Nirmala Devi was heard trying to lure girl students of Devanga Arts College to provide certain favours in return for academic and financial gains. The other two accused, V. Murugan and S. Karuppasamy, academics of Madurai Kamaraj University, are already out on bail.
The court was hearing the public interest litigation petition filed by P. Suganthi, general secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association, who complained against the investigation carried out by the CB-CID in the case. She sought a fresh probe by the CBI.