New Delhi, Sept 19: Politics and sex- a deadly mix has ruined the political career of many tall figures, not only in abroad, but in India as well.
As Rajasthan's food and civil supplies minister Babu Lal Nagar resigned on Thursday over rape charges, this incident has once again focused light on some of the Indian politicians who have been embroiled in sex scandals.
53-year-old Babu Lal Nagar had to resign after a 35-year-old woman alleged that she was raped by the minister at his residence on the pretext of a job offer.
Meanwhile, the Rajasthan's Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that no one is above law and law will take its own course.
So, as the Indian politicians have an old relationship with the alleged sex scandals, we take a look at some of the most sensational political scandals:
Babulal Nagar rape charges
This is not the first time when Ashok Gehlot- led Congress government in Rajasthan has seen a minister with sexual assault allegation.53-year-old Babulal Nagar is accused of raping a 35-year-old woman at his residence in Jaipur on the pretext of offering her a job. Nagar is also booked for threatening and beating up the victim on September 11.
Mahipal Medarna- Bhanwari Devi- sex tape case (2011)
Former Rajasthan Public Health and Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna was charged of abduction, rape and murder of Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari Devi was killed on September 1, 2011 allegedly at the behest of Maderna and Congress legislator Malkhan Singh. She was abducted from Jodhpur's Bilara area on September 1, 2011 and strangulated to death. Her body was then handed over to another gang which burnt it and dumped it in a canal.
Gopal Goyal Kanda- Geetika Sharma- suicide case (2012)
The 23-year-old air hostess Geetika Sharma became the victim of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda's lust. Geetika was employed with Kanda's MLDR Airlines. But, after Kanda's sexual harassment, Geetika committed suicide by hanging herself on August 5, 2012 at her Ashok Vihar residence in Delhi. A day before ending her life, she had written a suicide note in which she had accused Kanda of provoking her to take the extreme step. Presently, Kanda is out on bail.
Amar Mani Tripathi-Madhumita Shukla- murder case (2003)
The Samajwadi Party leader Amar Mani Tripathi was convicted for conspiring the murder of 24-year old poetess Madhumita Shukla. Madhumita was gunned down by two assailants in her apartment in Lucknow's Paper Mill colony on April 9, 2003. Amarmani Tripathi, his wife Madhumani and two others Rohit Chaturvedi and Santosh Kumar Rai were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Dehradun court in 2007. The postmortem report revealed that Madhumita was pregnant when she was murdered.
Madhumita reportedly wanted to get married with Amarmani but he wanted to get rid of her after knowing that she was pregnant.
Ananad Sen Yadav-Shashi- murder case (2007)
Anand Sen Yadav lost his political career following the reports of his illegitimate relations with a law student Shashi. In 2011, a politician from BSP, Yadav, was convicted on charges of kidnapping and murder of a law student Shashi. On October 22, 2007, Shashi was abducted from her home and was later found dead.
Although, he was sentenced to life but he has got bail. Yadav was also indicted in more than ten criminal cases including murder, assault, and extortion.
ND Tiwari sex scandal (2009)
87-year-old Narayan Dutt Tiwari was caught red-handed in a sex romp with three women, when he was serving as the governor of Andhra Pradesh. A Telugu news channel aired the video of ND Tiwari in a compromising position with three women at a bed in his official residence, Raj Bhavan. Later, Tiwari had to resign.
In 2008, Tiwari was also embroiled in a controversy over a paternity suit case. The DNA mapping test conducted on Tiwari established him as the biological father of Rohit Shekhar and Ujjwala Sharma is his biological mother.
Raghavji- Sodomy case (2013)
A member of MP Vidhan Sabha from Vidisha, Raghavji is accused of sexually harassing his domestic help on 5 July 2013. When his domestic help accused him of sodomy, he had to resign as MP's finance minister over allegations.
The victim alleged that Raghavji abused him for the last three-and-a-half years on the promise of getting him a government job. When CDs of Raghavji surfaced reportedly showing him committing the act, he was arrested from an apartment.
SP MLA Mahendra Singh (second from right)- Goa bar
Samajwadi Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh, Mahendra Singh, was among six persons arrested by the Goa police following a raid on a Panaji dance bar. Singh, a four0time MLA from Sitapur, was booked under the Anti-Prostitution Act. Six girls were also rescued during a raid.
He was later suspended from SP following his arrest from Goa bar.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi- sex tape scandal controversy (2012)
Congress party's former spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi's alleged sex CD shocked everyone in April 2012. In the CD, Singhvi was seen having sex with a female lawyer in a court chamber room. He was reportedly promising the woman to make her a judge.
On April 19, the controversial CD even went public on social networking websites, Facebook and YouTube.
Following the CD controversy, Singhvi allged that CD was morphed and fabricated but he had to resign as the Congress spokesperson.
Harak Singh Rawat sex scandal (2003)
Harak Singh Rawat, the then Uttarakhand minister in Congress party, was accused in 2003 by an Assamese woman of having fathered her new born child.
Rawat had to resign in the wake of the allegation made. His position became untenable after a fact finding committee of assembly submitted its report that highlighted the firm allegation leveled by the Assamese woman.
Sadhu Yadav- rape accusation (1999)
Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav's brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav alias Anirudh Prasad was accused of raping and then killing a girl in 1999.
Karnataka ministers caught watching porn during assembly session
In a major political embarrassment to the ruling BJP in 2012, three ministers- Laxman Savadi, J. Krishna Palemar and C.C. Patil were caught watching porn clip on their mobile phones during the state assembly session. Patil and Palemar were peeping into Savadi's cell showing a video of a woman gangrape in a western country.
Omar Abdullah sex scandal (2006)
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had serious allegations that he was involved in a sex scandal. The scandal involved girls, some of them minors, and were said to be supplied to politicians, police officials, bureaucrats. It had sparked weeks of violent protests across the state after it was uncovered.