Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti resigned on December 14 saying he has quit as he was embroiled in anÂ alleged sex CD scandal. He said he quit as a minister in order to avoid embarrassment to the ruling government.
As it snowballed into a controversy, the Opposition demanded his resignation and Meti met Chief Minister and handed over his resignation letter.
“I have resigned on my own in order to avoid any embarrassment to theÂ governmentÂ and the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,” Meti told reporters after he met the Chief Minister.
He landed in a soup after an RTI activist Rajashekar Mulali claimed he was in possession of a CD containing the minister’s alleged indecent act with a woman.
Alleging that there was a conspiracy to tarnish his image and reputation, Meti, 71, while speaking to the media said, “I am innocent. An official probe will prove my innocence. I have done nothing wrong, but all the same I have requested the Chief Minister to hold an inquiry into alleged sex scandal.”
“I have only seen Mulali today. I do not know him,” he said when he the controversy erupted.
On the other hand, Mulali claimed that some of Meti’s supporters threatened him over the CD, containing evidence of Meti being in a compromising position with a woman, which had not been released till the minister’s exit.
Meti is a Congress legislator from Bagalkot district and belongs to the Kurba (shephard) community. The Chief Minister also belongs to the same community.