Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti Resigns Over Sex Scandal Allegations

An official from the Chief Minister's Office told IANS that Siddaramaiah flared on seeing Meti and gave him a tongue-lashing in the presence of officials for bringing disrepute to the Congress and the government by his misconduct. "I have entrusted the episode to the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) for inquiry", Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

"Excise Minister H Y Meti has resigned". I have recommended his resignation to His Excellency Governor of Karnataka for acceptance.

Meti, the only other Kuruba (shepherd) community leader in the state cabinet, had met with Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and home minister G. Parameshwara on Tuesday to clear his stand. To prevent this video from being released, Meti's aide had threatened a Right To Information (RTI) activist.

The 70-year-old "Meti called on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the latter's official residence here and submitted his resignation letter".

A woman who came out last week claiming she was with the minister in the video has given contradictory statements. Meti has denied the allegations and claimed that there is an agenda.

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"I have done nothing wrong".

However, an audio tape had surfaced in connection with the alleged sex CD, where a man claiming to be a supporter of Meti is heard threatening the RTI activist.

Asked whether he knew who was behind the CD, he commented, "I don't have any enemies". Mr. Siddaramaiah said that Mr. Meti had "voluntarily resigned on moral grounds" and that it "looks like a conspiracy" by Mr. Meti's political detractors. Earlier Meti had rejected reports on the alleged CD, calling it false.

Meti had also said he did not know who was behind the CD as "I don't have any enemies." but added that he did not intend to lodge a police complaint, saying, "let them produce the video and prove the allegations first, after that I will take required action, whether to file a police complaint or whatever needs to be done". Why the government had to wait till the release of the CD to seek the minister's resignation had raised many eyebrows.

  • Sonia Alvarado