BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, caught in a sex scandal that also led to his resignation as a minister, has claimed that he is innocent and the sex CD was a conspiracy against him.
BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was caught in a sex scandal that also led to his resignation as a Karnataka minister, has claimed that he is innocent and the sex CD was a conspiracy against him. Ramesh Jarkiholi also said that resigning as the Karnataka Water Resources Minister was his decision as he did not want his party [Bharatiya Janata Party] to be embarrassed.
“[There’s] No truth in this CD. It’s a conspiracy. I am innocent. I got to know about CD four months ago. I had also told my brother about it and that I have done nothing wrong. It’s not me. I also got a call from the high command, saying this might happen and take legal help. Even then I said I will fight the allegations,” Ramesh Jarkiholi said.
Ramesh Jarkiholi said the media made him a villain and also a hero. About his resignation as a minister, Ramesh Jarkiholi said he resigned as he did not want his party to be embarrassed.
“Resignation is my decision. I waited one night before resignation to see the outcome [of the allegations]. CM [Yediyurappa] didn’t ask me [to resign]. I gave the resignation myself. I don’t want the party to be embarrassed. I resigned the next morning,” Ramesh Jarkiholi said.
BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi had resigned on Wednesday [March 3] resigned from the state cabinet, following a complaint by social activist Dinesh Kallahalli in which he alleged that he had sexually harassed a ‘job aspirant’ and threatened the woman and her family with dire consequences.
“I have filed a complaint with the Police Commissioner against minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on the charge of sexual harassment against a young girl. This is a sensitive case. The family approached me to help them. They cannot fight this alone. They claimed the minister promised the girl a job in KPTCL but then he went back on his word and now they want justice,” Kallahalli said.
His resignation came after protests and criticism by opposition parties and several sections of society, causing a huge embarrassment to the government and the ruling BJP. In his resignation letter to CM BS Yediyurappa just ahead of the cabinet meeting this afternoon, Jarkiholi claimed he was innocent.
A few days later, Dinesh Kallahalli said he would withdraw his police complaint against BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, which had led to his resignation as Minister. Dinesh Kallahalli said he will withdraw the complaint as he was hurt by allegations of a Rs 5 crore deal, levelled by JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy.
Source: India Today