Sex CD case: Woman’s family blames DK Shivakumar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Family members of the woman at the centre of the sex CD case, which allegedly involves ex-minister Ramesh Jarkiholi of BJP, claimed on Monday that she was acting under pressure from state Congress president DK Shivakumar.
They sought chief minister BS Yediyurappa and home minister Basavaraj Bommai’s help to find her and urged courts not to record her statement as she was under duress.
Shivakumar, who was in Belagavi, rejected the charge, saying he had nothing to do with the case. “Let the investigation happen. They (family members) were speaking under pressure. If they have proof (of my involvement), let them share it,” he said.
The woman’s whereabouts have not been known ever since a sex-for-job complaint was filed earlier this month and Ramesh, while denying wrongdoing, resigned as the water resources minister. She has released video statements, but is yet to appear before a judge or the SIT probing the case.
Her father alleged that Shivakumar was forcing her to make certain allegations.
The family spoke to the media in Belagavi amid reports that she would appear before a judge to record her statement.
Her lawyer moved an application of requisition before a magistrate on Monday, seeking permission to produce her.
“She should be given at least four days to be with the family or kept under court supervision and provided counselling,” the father said.
“We got to know through the media that our daughter would appear before a court. We request the chief minister, home minister and all the judges… you have to consider that our daughter is under pressure for the past 20 to 25 days and has been forced to make statements.”
The woman’s brother alleged that she had been acting as per Shivakumar’s directions since she was paid some money. He shared no material to support the charge.
“The video and audio statements that have come out so far, and ones that will in future, all of them are under pressure from people who made the CD and Shivakumar,” the brother claimed, adding that she had not been in touch with the family for over 20 days.
The woman had alleged that her parents were pressured to give statements in Ramesh’s favour. The family denied this.
“I have the strength to take care of my daughter. Who are these politicians? Have they brought her up or given her education? I don’t need anyone’s help,” the father said, adding that he had no connection with the Jarkiholi clan or anyone in politics.
The mother claimed that about four months ago, her daughter told her that Shivakumar’s associates were helping her find a job.
“I advised her to stay away from politicians,” she said.

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