In contemporary hassle for the BS Yediyurappa authorities in Karnataka, Main and Medium Water Assets Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has allegedly been caught up in a intercourse scandal. A CD, displaying the minister in a compromising place with a lady, was launched to information channels on Tuesday. This comes simply forward of the month-long Funds session in Karnataka and at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) is getting ready to face elections in 5 states/UTs. The CD was launched by social activist Dinesh Kallahalli after he filed a grievance with Bengaluru Metropolis police commissioner Kamal Pant.
After submitting the grievance, Kallahalli advised reporters that he has sought assist from the police to know the veracity of the contents of the CD and a few audio clips, during which a ‘highly effective minister’ is threatening the sufferer and her members of the family.
“I additionally sought police safety for the sufferer and her quick members of the family as they’re dwelling underneath ‘super’ menace,” he mentioned.
All all through his media interplay, he was cautious to not take anybody’s title.
In keeping with Kallahalli, the sufferer met the minister (Jarkiholi) on the pretext of searching for his assist to create documentaries on dams throughout the state.
“For this, she needed authorities clearance for drone cameras and different particular tools. In the course of the interplay, the minister (Jarkiholi) advised her that as an alternative of working round, she may effectively be appointed within the Karnataka Energy Company Restricted (KPCL). From right here on, he begins searching for sexual favours from her. Lastly, she additionally yielded, however previous to getting near him, she arrange a lure and the entire episode was recorded by hidden cameras,” he defined.
Kallahalli maintained that the sufferer just isn’t prepared to come back ahead and file a case fearing her and her household’s security. “Fed up with the minister’s harassment, one of many members of the family approached me a while in the past and urged me to take up this case by submitting a grievance with a view to educate the minister a befitting lesson,” he claimed.
In keeping with Kallahalli, he’s going to maintain the sufferer’s title underneath the wraps till ‘she gathers some braveness’ to face the individuals and the media.
On repeated queries on which minister he filed the grievance towards, Kallahalli mentioned that within the CD it is extremely clear who the minister is. “Why would you like me to take his title,” he requested.
Answering a query as as to if the CD was part of blackmail ways, he mentioned if it was a part of a blackmail technique, why would he strategy the police commissioner to file a grievance?
“In my grievance, I’ve additionally requested the commissioner of police to analyze the blackmail angle, as this entails a robust minister within the state,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the deputy commissioner of police (central division), MN Anuchet, advised reporters that the police have registered a grievance within the matter with the Cubbonpark police.
“We’ll begin our investigation after interacting with the sufferer and her household. The complainant (Kallahalli) claims that the sufferer and her members of the family are underneath menace. So it turns into all of the extra pertinent for us to know extra particulars from them,” he mentioned.
Jarkiholi phrases CD faux, says will not resign
In the meantime, flatly denying his alleged involvement within the intercourse CD launched by a social activist in Bengaluru, Jarakiholi on Tuesday termed the purported CD as faux and claimed that it was launched to dent his ‘impeccable’ political picture. Talking to a channel, Jarakiholi mentioned, “Why would I resign? What for I ought to resign? What’s my mistake? For the final 21 years, I’ve been in public life and none had pointed even a finger at me. The CD smacks of political vendetta. My political opponents have launched the fabricated CD to tarnish my impeccable political picture.”
The minister added that if he resigns, it should present that he had dedicated the crime. “I can’t enable this cost to stay on me. I’ve spoken with the Chief Minister (BS Yediyurappa) and demanded that he ought to provoke a high-level probe to show those that are behind this,” he mentioned.
The minister added that he was by no means focused within the final 21 years of his public life, however he has been focused solely after becoming a member of the BJP.
“This solely signifies that I’m highly effective and my rivals need to weaken me by releasing faux movies and audio clips by way of a social activist,” he mentioned.
Jarakiholi comes from some of the highly effective political households within the state and is a sugar baron from Belagavi district, the state’s sugar belt.
He is without doubt one of the 17 defectors from the Congress and the JD(S) whose defection resulted within the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) authorities within the state in 2019, resulting in the formation of the BJP authorities. He was one of many major forces behind rallying 17 MLAs from each events earlier than they joined the BJP.