Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has refuted all charges and announced that he will quit politics if the charges were proved true.
Hours after a sexual harassment complaint was filed and a video clip showing him in a compromising position with a woman emerged, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has refuted all charges and announced that he will quit politics if the charges were proved true.
The video clip was aired on Kannada news channels on Tuesday. The police complaint filed at the Cubbon Park police station accuses Jarkholi of allegedly luring a woman to the guesthouse on the pretext of offering her a job at the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited and misbehaving with her.
Activist Dinesh Kallahalli filed the complaint on behalf of the family who, he claims, were threatened by the minister. The complaint was handed over to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant.
Jarkiholi, meanwhile, is currently camped in the outskirts of Bengaluru with a set of lawyers and planning a legal battle.
Speaking to media persons, Jarkiholi said: "I am shocked myself. I am appealing to the chief minister for a detailed inquiry. I don't know anything. I don't know about the CD. I don't know about the girl. It is a fake video. Let there be an inquiry and in case I am at fault, let there be an action against me. I am ready."
"I will resign from my MLA post and quit politics if these allegations are proven against me."
Jarkiholi has reportedly already had a phone conversation with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on the matter and is scheduled to travel with the latter to New Delhi later today.
Last Updated Mar 3, 2021, 10:13 AM IST