Karnataka’s excise minister, HY Meti, resigned on Wednesday after a video surfaced purportedly showing him engaged in a sexual act with a woman who had sought his favour.
The minister landed in trouble after RTI activist Rajashekar Mulali claimed that he was in possession of a CD containing Meti’s alleged indecent act.
The 71-year-old Meti said he was resigning so that the government did not face any problem.
“I have resigned on my own volition to avoid any embarrassment to the government and the chief minister.…. I have done nothing wrong, let the inquiry begin,” Meti told reporters after he met chief minister Siddaramaiah.
Siddaramaiah said in a tweet that he had forwarded the resignation to governor Vajubhai Vala with a recommendation to accept it. Later, Siddaramaiah said he had ordered a probe by the CID.
However, Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said Siddaramaiah should have dismissed the minister earlier instead of seeking evidence.
The scandal involving Meti is the latest controversy to hit the Congress government in Karnataka.
Two government officials had been caught recently with Rs 4.7 crore in the new Rs 2000 denomination notes. One of the officials is said to be close to minister HC Mahadevappa.
Earlier, another minister, Tanvir Sait, was allegedly caught watching explicit images on his phone while attending a function to mark Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan. It later turned out that he was looking at photos of Melania Trump.