December 14, 2016 1:42:52 pm
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday accepted state Excise Minister HY Meti’s resignation after the latter was accused of being involved in a sex scandal. According to reports, the alleged scandal came to fore after an RTI activist Rajashekar Mulali alleged that there was a CD which had recorded Meti’s indecent act with a woman who had approached him for a favour.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Meti said, “I am resigning so that the Government doesn’t face any problem. I have done nothing wrong, let the inquiry commence.” The incident had caused a huge furore leading CM Siddaramaiah to discuss the issue with the police on Monday. Reports suggest that the chief minister asked state intelligence to thoroughly investigate the case and report to him if such a CD really existed.
Meanwhile, Meti has consistently denied being involved in any indecent act. He said the entire episode was a political conspiracy to malign him. While ministers like Kagodu Thimmappa, Basavaraj Rayareddy and KJ George came out in strong defence of Meti, CM Siddaramaiah had warned of strict action if such a CD existed.
“I will react after any such CD is released. Meti will not be allowed to continue as a minister if such a CD is released. I will not tolerate such shameful conduct as it goes against my own ethical values too,” Siddaramaiah had said.
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