Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi Resigns After ‘Intercourse-for Job’ Video Leaks, Police to Probe Case

Karnataka’s water sources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from his put up on Wednesday after a CD purportedly showing him seeking sexual favours from a girl emerged on Tuesday. The BJP chief maintained that the allegations had been pretend however mentioned he was quitting on ethical grounds.

“The allegations are removed from the reality. There needs to be a direct investigation into this. I imagine that I’m harmless however I resign on ethical grounds. Kindly settle for my resignation,” he wrote in a letter.

Jarkiholi had allegedly enticed the unidentified lady within the video clip with the provide of a authorities job. A number of Kannada tv channels aired photographs and pictures from the ‘intercourse CD’ that allegedly featured him in a compromising place with the lady.

There was additionally an intimate audio dialog between the 2. Throughout the dialog, Jarkiholi is heard luring the lady with a authorities job and admonishing her to not converse loudly since it’s Karnataka Bhavan (in Delhi). The veracity of the clip has not been independently confirmed.

The clip has brought about a serious embarrassment to the BS Yediyurappa authorities forward of the Price range session that begins on Thursday.  Karnataka house minister Basavraj Bommai mentioned on Wednesday that police will inquire into the allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Jarkiholi, because the opposition Congress demanded the registration of an FIR.

Dinesh Kallahalli, a social activist, had on Tuesday lodged a police criticism in opposition to Jarkiholi, alleging that he sexually harassed the lady and threatened her and her household of dire penalties. Kallahalli claimed he was authorised by the lady to file the criticism as she didn’t wish to make her identification public.

On Wednesday, he alleged that he’ll file one other police criticism alleging dying threats from Jarkiholi and his supporters, and has requested safety for him and his household.

In his criticism to the police, Kallahalli mentioned when the lady from a poor household had approached the minister for making a brief movie, he had sexually exploited her by assuring a job within the Karnataka Energy Transmission Company Restricted. He alleged that when the minister acquired to know that the lady had the ‘CD’ (objectionable movies), he threatened her and her household.

Jarkiholi instructed reporters that the video was “pretend” and claimed he doesn’t even know the lady. He alleged it was all a part of a “massive” conspiracy in opposition to him.

“I don’t even know the lady and the complainant. I used to be in Mysuru and went to Chamundeshwari Temple. I don’t even know what that video is about as a result of I by no means spoke to that lady. I’m going to satisfy my excessive command to convey a clarification in regards to the alleged video. A radical investigation should be performed into this problem,” he mentioned.

The 60-year-old comes from some of the highly effective political households within the state and is a sugar baron from Belagavi district.  He was previously within the Congress and is believed to have performed a key position within the defection of 17 Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs that helped the BJP come to energy within the state.

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