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CID begins probe into rape case against former minister

india Updated: May 04, 2010 23:14 IST

The CID, probing the rape charge against former Karnataka Minister H Halappa, today said it would not desist from arresting him if there is a prima facie case.

Two days after Halappa's exit as minister following the rape charge, CID said a team has been despatched to Shimoga,
his home town, and was making inquiries.

"If a prima facie case is established, it is a cognizable case and arrest is imminent, then the arrest will be
effected," Charan Reddy, DIG, CID, told reporters here as the agency began its probe today.

The alleged victim and her husband, a financer, have lodged an FIR, claiming Halappa had raped her and later
threatened them with dire consequences if they spoke out about it.

Reddy said the CID would record statements of the victim and her husband, examine purported video clippings recorded by her husband and details of threatening phone calls.

Police have slapped charges of rape, wrongful confinement and intimidation against Halappa who has however denied them.

As opposition stepped up their attack on the issue, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa ridiculed their demands for resignation
of his government.

"They have been demanding my resignation continuously for the last two years. My government will soon enter the third
year and they will continue the demand. I will complete my term and BJP will return to power after that", he said.

Yeddyurappa had yesterday announced a CID probe after Halappa, who is from the Chief Minister's home district of
Shimoga, resigned on Sunday last following a media report on the alleged incident in November last.

Reddy said that along with Halappa, two other persons, who threatened the victim, have been named as accused.

He said despite the delay in filing the complaint, the victim would be subjected to medical examination and it would
be treated as any other criminal case.

Asked whether Halappa was hiding or absconding, he said "we have no information of him absconding". He said the delay in filing the complaint would not weaken the case.

Asked if the case could be withdrawn by the victim after some months "owing to pressure or otherwise," he said it would not be easy to do so once the legal procedure began, unless done through the court.