Chennai city police today arrested Veteran Tamil journalist Nakkeeran Gopal, the editor of Tamil bi-weekly ‘Nakkeeran,’, reportedly on a complaint from Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s office. He was said to be arrested for allegedly defaming Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in his articles in the Nirmala Devi case.
According to a senior police officer, Gopal was taken into custody around 8.15 am from the Chennai airport, when he was about to proceed to Pune. Sources close to Gopal said the police is likely to press sedition charges against him. Refusing to comment on the nature of the complaint from Raj Bhavan, a senior police officer said there were reports in Nakkeeran linking Governor Purohit and his office to a recent university sex scandal.
The cover story of the Nakkheeran magazine this edition showed the pictures of Nirmala Devi, an accused in the ‘sex for cash’ scam and the Governor. The cover said that Nirmala Devi had told CB CID which is investigating the case that she had met the Governor four times. The story had questioned why the Governor has not been made part of the inquiry.
Nirmala Devi was arrested in April after an audio clip of her purported conversation with girl students went viral on social media in which she is heard asking them to give sexual favours to officials for marks and money.