Sex tape scandal forces Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti to quit
Meti�s resignation came soon after local television channels started telecasting blurred footage allegedly of him seen with a woman in a compromising position
Karnataka’s Excise Minister HY Meti on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, following allegations of sexual misconduct. His resignation has been accepted.
Siddaramaiah tweeted: “Excise Minister Shri HY Meti has resigned. I have recommended to Honble Governor to accept the resignation. I have also ordered a probe.”
Meti’s resignation came soon after local television channels started telecasting blurred footage allegedly of him seen with a woman in a compromising position.
The controversy had been brewing since Sunday, when RTI activist Rajashekhar alleged that the minister had sought sexual favour from a woman in return for a transfer. However, there were contradictory reports on who the woman was.
Meti has consistently denied being involved in any indecent act. He said the entire episode was a political conspiracy to malign him. While ministers like Kagodu Thimmappa, Basavaraj Rayareddy and KJ George came out in strong defence of Meti, CM Siddaramaiah had warned of strict action if such a CD existed.
The Congress had taken a stand that “appropriate action” would be taken only if charges are proved against Meti and concrete evidence is available in the form of a CD. The Opposition BJP was accusing the government of shielding Meti and attempting to hush up the issue.
The issue had become an embarrassment to the Congress and the government, as it surfaced within a month after Minister for Primary and Higher Education Tanvir Sait was allegedly caught viewing objectionable pictures of women on his mobile phone during Tipu Jayanti celebration.