'Same treatment for Halappa as Nithyananda'

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Halappa to be treated like Nithyananda: K'taka HM
Bangalore, May 4: Same treatment will be meted out to the sex scandal tainted-former minister Hartal Halappa as it was to the controversial godman, Swami Nithyananda, said Karnataka Home Minister V S Acharya on Monday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, the minister assured that there will be no 'discrimination' to a question.

According to a report in Deccan Herald, when asked if he knew about the shameful incident of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's attempt to rape his friend's wife, the home minister said that he had heard rumours about it.

Assuring that there will not be any government interference in the probe against Halappa, the minister said, “We will neither pre-empt or sidetrack anything on the issue."

State BJP President K S Eshwarappa, on the other hand, came to the rescue of the accused saying that it was a conspiracy against the minister.

“No husband will videograph his wife being raped. In fact, a true and a faithful husband will kill the rapist. It is a conspiracy and prima facie, it seems, it was all done to blackmail Halappa," he is quoted as saying.

Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has announced that the probe into the case will be handled by the Criminal Investigative Department (CID).

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