In a major embarrassment for the BJP government in Karnataka, water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi got entangled in a major controversy after a woman job aspirant alleged that the minister sexually harassed her.
The woman has also alleged that the minister threatened her and her family with dire consequences if she reveals the same.
A case has been registered against Jarkiholi for allegedly sexually assaulting the woman. “We have taken the complaint filed by Dinesh Kallahalli against Ramesh Jarakiholi. We will investigate accordingly,” Bengaluru Central district commissioner of police (DCP) Anucheth said.
Meanwhile, local Kannada news channels broadcast the video clip that showed Ramesh Jarkiholi in a compromising position with a woman. The BJP leader, however, has claimed that the video was fake and he will quit politics if proven guilty.
What Ramesh Jarikholi said
Jarkiholi said, “It’s a fake video. I don’t even know the woman and the complainant. I was in Mysuru and went to Chamundeshwari Temple. I do not even know what that video is about because I never spoke to that woman. I am going to meet my high command to convey a clarification about the alleged video.”
“I will resign from my MLA post and quit politics if these allegations are proven against me. It is a serious allegation against me. I have spoken to the chief minister and I will also seek action against the culprits. A thorough investigation must be conducted into this issue.”
BJP will take action after verifying the issue
The video has been released at a time when the BJP is gearing up for elections in four states and one Union Territory, and just before the month-long state Budget session commences from March 4.
Union minister Pralhad Joshi said that the BJP will take action against Jarkiholi after verifying the authenticity of the alleged sex tape.
“I have seen the video of state minister Ramesh Jarakiholi in the media. I will speak to the Chief Minister and the party chief about it tomorrow. We will check the authenticity of the CD and take action accordingly,” Joshi told reporters in Hubli.
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