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Sex Scandal: Former Karnataka Minister Jarkiholi Cites Illness, Skips SIT Questioning

The Gokak MLA deputed his counsel with a letter to the Investigating Officer, stating that he was not keeping well and requested further time till he recovered.
Ramesh Jarkiholi. Photo: Twitter/@RameshJarkiholi

Bengaluru: On Friday, former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, citing health reasons, did not appear before the Special Investigation team probing the sexual harassment case against him.

The Gokak MLA deputed his counsel with a letter to the Investigating Officer, stating that he was not keeping well and requested further time till he recovered.

Jarkiholi, who was water resources minister in the chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa-led cabinet, had resigned on March 3, a day after news channels aired videos of the alleged sex scandal.

An FIR was registered against Jarkiholi on March 26 based on a written complaint by the woman in the purported sex video through her lawyer.

While Jarkiholi has repeatedly claimed his innocence and that the video was fake, the woman has accused him of sexually using her, cheating and threatening her after promising a government job.

(PTI)

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