Ready to give security to woman in CD case: Karnataka govt | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Home minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said his government is prepared to give protection to the woman who purportedly features in a sex clip involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.
“I have directed the SIT chief to provide adequate security to her and her family if she’s willing to cooperate with the investigation,” he said. This follows a video message allegedly released by the woman soon after Ramesh Jarkiholi filed a complaint against unknown persons on Saturday.
In the 34-second clip, the woman urges Bommai to give her protection. “I do not know how the video was recorded and released to the media but since its release, my modesty has been outraged while my family’s reputation is gone forever. Nobody is there to protect our family. We don’t have any political support. He lured me with a job offer,” she says in the video, whose authenticity is yet to be verified.
Cong to raise issue during session, seek inquiry
Following the message, Jarkiholi had rushed to Bommai’s residence. “Within an hour of lodging my complaint, she surfaced in another video. This is a clear case of a political conspiracy against me. Let her come out in the open and complain,” he said.
As the budget session resumes after a four-day break on Monday, principal opposition Congress has decided to raise the issue and seek an inquiry into the incident, besides urging the government to provide protection to the woman. “I don’t want to talk about this in public. Whatever I want to say, I will reveal it in the assembly,” said opposition leader Siddaramaiah.
KPCC president DK Shivakumar in Shivamogga said he suspects the BJP is behind the CD scandal. But his colleague and Ramesh’s brother Satish Jarkiholi, the party’s working president, did not echo his view. “It is not possible to fix somebody without evidence. It all depends on the outcome of the SIT investigation. Ramesh has already filed a complaint and the woman should reveal what injustice was meted out to her so that the truth comes out,” he said in Dharwad.
Satish said if there is a conspiracy to malign Ramesh, it will be unearthed by the SIT. “There should not be any hurry in taking this case to its logical end,” Satish added.
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