During a press conference held at the Raj Bhavan,to clear his name from a controversy surrounding a professor arrested in the sexual favours incident the Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit patted the cheek of a woman journalist. The said journalist Lakshmi Subramaniam asked him questions which the Governor dismissed and patted her cheek in reply.
This left the journalist angered and agitated that she symbolically washed her face several times but still she was not able to get rid of it.She said that though the Governor might have done it out of appreciation and grandfatherly attitude, still it was wrong. Many citizens condemned the act of the Governor on social media sites. The DMK said that the incident was unbecoming of a person holding a constitutional post.