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Rail min denies charges after son booked for rape

HT Correspondent and Agencies  Bangalore, August 28, 2014
First Published: 00:50 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:19 IST(28/8/2014)

Union railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda has denied allegations by a budding Kannada actress that his son Karthik married her and then got engaged to another woman.

Karthik too rejected the starlet's claims.

The minister said he suspected "a big conspiracy".

"I feel hurt. My life is an open book. I will not lie or cheat public. This is kind of blackmail," said Gowda.

Denying the allegations, Karthik said, "My father is a respectable man. Why should I spoil it?"

A case of rape, breach of trust and cheating was registered against Karthik in Bangalore on the complaint filed by the woman on Wednesday.

The actress made the allegations in Bangalore when Karthik was getting engaged to another woman at Kushalnagar, 300 km from the state capital.

She first appeared on the sets of a local news channel on Wednesday evening and levelled the charges.

Later she went to the RT Nagar police station in Bangalore to launch a formal complaint with droves of TV crews in tow.

"She has filed a complaint in RT Nagar police station against Karthik Gowda, Sadananda Gowda's son, for allegedly raping and cheating her," Bangalore police commissioner MN Reddi said in Bangalore.

The woman alleged she was in a relationship with Karthik for several months and claimed that he wanted to have a physical relationship with her but she refused as they were not married.

She also claimed that Karthik married her in a temple on June 5 and that Sadananda Gowda and the rest of his family knew about the marriage.

"Now, without telling me he is getting engaged to another woman," she told Kannada TV channels.

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