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Tamil Nadu journalists pen sharp letter to governor for 'harassing' woman journalist

18 April 2018

"Mr Purohit.it might be an act of appreciation by you and grandfatherly attitude, but to me, you are wrong (sic)".

About 200 journalists, mainly from Tamil Nadu, have written to Governor Banwarilal Purohit condemning him for "harassing" a senior journalist during a press conference on Tuesday, reports said. "But, instead of answering or refusing to answer, you chose to pat the cheek of the lady scribe in front of her peers and live cameras", he pointed out.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu's main opposition party DMK and academics of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) are wary of the committees formed to probe the scandal, which involves an assistant professor of an Aruppukkottai college.

The woman journalist has claimed that when she asked Purohit a question during the presser, he "patronisingly" patted her on the cheek as a reply. The apology came following a demand by journalists in the state after Lakshmi Subramanian tweeted a picture in which the governor is seen patting her cheek and expressed her shock at his behaviour. Purohit had earlier spoke about his interest in learning the language.

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Her picture has become viral while patting the cheek of her in the Raj Bhavan.

A female lecturer of the Deogan Arts College, Arupkukottai of Tamilnadu, has alleged that he had advised the students to adjust to more number and money with some officers, although they are denying these allegations, as well as an audio The woman lecturer is talking about her relationship with the governor. Are you satisfied when it comes to the performance of universities too, I asked him. I have powers under sub-section 4 (a) of Section 12 of the Madurai Kamaraj University Act. "It was a crowded press conference, and I was transfixed for a moment by that gesture", she wrote in her open letter.

On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu director general of police T.K. Rajendran transferred the case registered by the Aruppukkottai police to the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CB-CID). "All the accusations against me are baseless and nonsense", he said. "And, it is completely uncalled for to touch a strangera womanwithout her consent".

Asked about the demand of Opposition parties led by DMK leader M K Stalin for an appointment with Prime Minister Modi, he said the demand has been forwarded.

Tamil Nadu journalists pen sharp letter to governor for 'harassing' woman journalist