Internet on Wednesday flooded with messages demanding the Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi to resign from his post. While many netizens wonder why, purported video clips that showed Jarkiholi getting intimate with a young unidentified woman, and audio conversations between the two became viral.
Followed by the controversy which landed him in some serious troubles, the minister in few hours submitted his resignation to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. In yet another unexpected twist, social activist, Dinesh Kalahalli, who claimed he was authorised by the woman’s family, filed a complaint with the Cubbon Park police in Bengaluru against the minister.
According to the complaint filed, the woman in the video clips was enticed by the minister with the offer of a government job. Dinesh alleged that Ramesh Jarkiholi is sexually harassing he women job aspirants and threatening her and family.
Ramesh Jarkiholi denied the allegations and claimed that the videos in the CD were edited. “I am shocked to see this. Let the investigation happen and let the truth come out,” he told a private channel. He said he will leave for Delhi to meet central BJP leaders.
The minister’s brother and BJP MLA Balachandra Jarkiholi, on the other hand, has sought a CBI probe into the matter and threatened to file a ₹ 100 crore suit against those who released the “fake CD”. The controversy came as a big blow to the ruling BJP government that has been making preparation for the budget session of the Karnataka assembly starting Friday.