Days after Ramesh Jarkiholi, the Karnataka water resources minister has been forced to resign after being accused of demanding sexual favours from an unidentified woman in exchange for a job, the controversy took an unexpected turn on Friday.
The woman who appeared in an alleged sex video with the minister has filed a police complaint against the leader through her lawyers. The move came close on the heels of MLA filed a conspiracy and blackmailing complaint against unknown people.
The woman on Friday submitted a two-page letter at the commissioner’s office alleging that she feared for her safety. The FIR has reportedly been registered under Sections 376C, 354A, 504, 506, 417 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 67A IT (Information Technology) Act.
After which the woman released a 29-second-long video thanking the people, leaders of political parties and other organisations for supporting her. Reacting to the recent development, Ramesh Jarkiholi refuted the allegations and urged the police to investigate the FIR first.
The alleged video which found its way into the internet apparently showed the MLA getting intimate with the woman, was widely aired by Kannada news channels as a sex-for-jobs scandal. After the alleged video triggered an uproar, Mr Jarkiholi had resigned as the Karnataka minister on “moral grounds”.