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Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigns after sex tape scandal

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After landing in a controversy over an alleged sex tape aired by local news channels, Karnataka water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on Wednesday resigned on “moral grounds”.  Notably, the minister had to resign after instruction from the BJP high command.

The minister continues to refute the allegations and termed the video as “fake”. In his resignation letter to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Jarkiholi said, “Allegations against me are far from the truth. Clear investigation is needed. I’ll come out innocent and I’m confident about it. I’m resigning on moral grounds and I request you to accept this.”

His brother and BJP MLA Balachandra Jarkiholi has sought a CBI probe into the matter and threatened to file a Rs 100 crore suit against those who released the “fake CD”.

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The sex tape has resulted in a major embarrassment for the BJP government in Karnataka. The victim, a 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.

What Ramesh Jarkiholi earlier 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.”

 

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