Four months into the Karnataka cabinet, excise minister and senior Congress MLA HY Meti on Wednesday resigned after a sex tape allegedly involving him was released in public.
He is definitely not the first politician from Karnataka to have been embroiled in a sex controversy. There have been instances when MLAs have been caught on camera watching pornography while within the Assembly.
Meti, who had consistently denied existence of any CD of his alleged sexapade with a woman who approached him with a request for a favour, submitted his resignation to CM Siddaramaiah on Wednesday. The resignation came immediately after local TV channels started airing the footage of the alleged sex CD.
On Wednesday, Meti said, “I am resigning so that the Government doesn’t face any problem. I have done nothing wrong, let the inquiry commence.”
The incident had caused a huge furore leading CM Siddaramaiah to discuss the issue with the police on Monday. Reports suggest that the chief minister asked state intelligence to thoroughly investigate the case and report to him if such a CD really existed.
The issue came to the logical conclusion only after Ballari based RTI activist Rajashekhar, who is said to have played key role in exposing the alleged scandal, left for Delhi to meet AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi to expose Meti and seek action against him. However, there were contradictory reports on who the woman was.
The Congress had taken a stand that “appropriate action” would be taken only if charges are proved against Mr. Meti and concrete evidence is available in the form of a CD. The Opposition BJP was accusing the government of shielding Mr. Meti and attempting to hush up the issue.
The matter had come as a major embarrassment for the Congress party and the Karnataka government. This incident had come into the light within a month after Tanvir Sait, Minister of Primary and Higher Education Minister was allegedly caught watching objectionable pictures of women on his mobile phone during the celebration of Tipu Jayanti.
Earlier in 2012, two BJP MLAs had been caught watching porn on their cell phones in the parliament, which makes this the second such scandal to surface in the state of Karnataka.