Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant attended the Karnataka High Court a day after a city district court ordered an investigation into a private complaint in the alleged case of Sex CD. The complainant claimed that police failed to act on a report filed by an activist about a potential scandal involving then Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi. Deputy Police Commissioner MN Anucheth and Cubbon Park Police Inspector B Maruthi had also approached the High Court with Commissioner Kamal Pant.
On November 23, the 8th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate issued orders referring to a complaint filed by Adarsh R Iyer, chairman of the Janadhikara Sangharsha Parishath (JSP), to the head of the Cubbon Park police station to investigate on the case under Article 156 (3) of the CrPC against the said police officers.
In their plea, the police claimed that Dinesh Kallahalli, head of Nagarika Hakku Horata Samithi, addressed a letter to the police commissioner alleging that Ramesh Jarkiholi had committed a crime. Dinesh’s portrayal was treated as a petition by Cubbon Park police as the letter did not disclose any identifiable offense committed and the alleged victim did not show up to file a complaint at any of the police stations, they said. added. On Thursday, the case will most likely be heard by the highest court.
Jarkiholi sex scandal
An activist from Bengaluru approached Cubbon Park police with a complaint alleging that Ramesh Jarkiholi (Minister of Water Resources) had requested sexual favors to provide a woman with a job at Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited. Militant activist Dinesh Kallahalli reportedly submitted a CD containing the clip implicating Jarkiholi and the woman, along with audio clips. He alleged the girl approached the minister to request permission to use drone cameras to film a roadblock for a documentary, in which she was offered a job with Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd, in exchange. of sexual favors.
The BJP cried foul by alleging a conspiracy and Congress called for CM’s resignation. While Jarkiholi refuted the allegations, he resigned his ministerial post. Kallahalli withdrew the complaint saying “the victim’s image was wasted online”. In response, Ramesh Jarkiholi’s brother Balchandra Jarkiholi called for a CBI investigation into the sex scandal alleging a plot to defame the ex-minister.