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K’taka Water Resource Minister to be probed

Bengaluru: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Wednesday that an impartial probe will be carried out into the complaint filed against Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.

Speaking to media persons, he said that the police would take up a detailed investigation into the incident. “Based on the complaint, we are doing an enquiry. An investigation will be carried out as per law,” he said.

On the BJP’s stand on the issue, he said that it will be revealed by the party and its leaders soon. “I cannot comment on what the party’s stand is. The issue has come to their notice. Party and its senior leaders will take a call.”

On demands by the Opposition seeking Jarkiholi’s resignation, he said that the party would take a call.

While Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan, reacting to demands that Jarkiholi should resign, said that the party and the state leadership will take a call after verifying whether there was any truth in the complaint.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Milk Federation chairperson Balachandra Jarkiholi on Wednesday urged Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to go for a CID or CBI probe into the sex scandal allegedly involving his brother and Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.

Balachandra met Yediyurappa and defended his estranged brother. He said met the CM to request for a CID or CBI probe into this. “The people of the state should know who made the CD, who that woman is and who are the politicians behind this. If Ramesh has erred, I’ll ask him to apologise to the people of the state and quit politics,” he said.

Maintaining that there was something fishy in the allegation, Balachandra said, “First of all, it’s wrong to have taken the (police) complaint, because it should be filed by the one who is affected. But the complainant hasn’t revealed the victim’s identity or her background.” Apparently, the video that was widely aired by news channels originated on YouTube. “It is said that a CD was made out of whatever came on YouTube,” he added.

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