Karnataka forms SIT to probe sex CD case | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to form a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the sex CD scandal allegedly involving former water resources minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.
Home minister Basavaraj Bommai said the SIT, to be headed by ADGP Soumendu Mukherjee, will probe all aspects of the scandal, including who created and released the CD, besides the conspiracy alleged by the former minister. “Once the SIT submits its report, the government will take action.”
He said the probe was ordered based on a letter by Jarkiholi in which he claimed a conspiracy behind the release of the CD and alleged involvement of influential people.
9 people involved, says Balachandra
Jarkiholi brothers, who were claiming the CD was fake till Tuesday, reportedly decided to get the issue probed hoping to get a clean chit and then reclaim berth in the cabinet. “They had met BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday and had put pressure on him through some ministers to order a probe,’’ a source said.
Earlier in the day, KMF chairman Balachandra Jarkiholi, younger brother of Ramesh, said nine people, including a few influential ones, are involved in the CD case. “We are collecting more information through a private agency from outside the state so that we can build a watertight case against the conspirators. Once we get the details, we will file a complaint. We will mention their names in the complaint,” he said.
He said he was consulting lawyers on whether a complaint must be filed in Bengaluru, Belagavi or Gokak. “We don’t mind quitting politics, but we will ensure the conspirators are sent to jail,” Balachandra added.
KPCC president DK Shivakumar chided the Jarkiholi brothers and BJP ministers for demanding a probe. “When you have claimed that the CD is fake, what is the necessity of an investigation,” he asked, saying the government was free to order probe against anybody, including Congress leaders.
He dismissed the claim of Jarkiholi brothers that Ramesh was the victim of a conspiracy. “Even if we concede it’s a conspiracy, is it not the responsibility of Ramesh to be careful? Does anyone tell a six-time MLA to be careful?” he said.
Cooperation minister ST Somashekhar, who had alleged that Congress functionaries were behind the release of the CD, did a Uturn and said he did not accuse his former party.
The Congress posed a series of questions to Somashekar on its official Twitter handle. “You said you were in the Congress. How many CDs you prepared and how much did you spend? Also, tell people who prepared your CD when you were in quarantine in Mumbai? Why did you take an injunction against the media?”

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