Karnataka: Teacher among five detained for questioning | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A day after it was set up to investigate the CD scandal allegedly involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday picked up five people, including a woman working as a teacher with a government school in Kanakapura, for questioning.
While activist Dinesh Kallahalli had lodged a complaint against Ramesh Jarkiholi with Cubbon Park police last week, alleging that the then minister had sexually exploited a woman after promising her a government job, a related video had gone viral. Jarkiholi had sought a detailed inquiry in connection with the complaint.
More people could be detained for questioning
Three of the detained men are reporters working with vernacular TV channels, while the fourth is from Chikkamagaluru and works for a web channel. The teacher is said to be a close friend of one of the detained scribes, with links to the woman alleged to have been sexually exploited.
One of the detained scribes was covering the sex-for-job scandal from the very first day, regularly visiting Cubbon Park police station for updates on the investigation. The four men and woman were detained from different parts of the city, including Vijayanagar, Chamrajpet, Yeshwanthapur and from a village near Ramanagara.
All five people were brought to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters on Palace Road. They were questioned separately. “These are the persons who we strongly suspect to have handed over the CD to activist Dinesh Kallahalli. The teacher has information on the CD and the woman seen in the CD,” an investigating officer said.
“Now, we are just questioning them. Arrest can happen only after an FIR is registered. In this case, no FIR has been registered so far,” said a senior officer of the SIT.
Police sources said those detained were under the scanner for the past three days. “Cubbon Park police had collected needed information on them and a close watch was kept on each of them. On Friday, senior officials from SIT ordered that they be picked up for questioning,” a source said. Two of them reportedly admitted to having edited the CD in their office near Yeshwantpur.
The sources added that two teams have been sent to Andhra Pradesh to pick up two more men. “One of them is a former TV scribe and currently working with a well- known politician,” the source said.
“The video was posted on social media four hours before Kallahalli filed a complaint. The culprits had taken enough precautions to mask the server where it originated. Those who loaded the CD to social media had succeeded in changing the IP address. They made it look like it was uploaded from some foreign country,” another officer said.

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