Bengaluru, Dec 15: What is it with politicians and sex scandals? On Wednesday the country woke up to another sex scandal from Karnataka, allegedly involving Excise Minister H Y Meti. He was forced to resign, after an obscene video of his did the rounds.
Last month, another Karnataka minister, Tanveer Sait was accused of watching obscene pictures on his mobile phone during a state function. However, he was backed by his party and continues to remain a minister. There have been many instances where ministers and politicians have been involved in sex scandals.
Let us take a look at them.
The former minister in the Rajasthan government was accused by a woman of sexually exploiting her in the year 2013. She alleged that the minister had promised her a government job and then assaulted her sexually. He had to resign in the wake of the allegations.
Raghavji Lakhamsi Savala:
A minister in the Madhya Pradesh government, Savala had to resign after being accused of sexually abusing his maid. In this 2013 incident, the maid accused the minister of sexually abusing her on the pretext that she would be given a government job.
An air hostess accused this Haryana minister of sexual harassment. She had mentioned about the incident in her suicide note. Kanda was forced to resign. He was arrested and later granted bail after the Delhi high court dropped sexual exploitation charges against him.
This Congress leader and former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh was accused of being involved in a sexual relationship when he was governor of Andhra Pradesh in 2009. He quit after the allegations surfaced.
This minister in the Rajasthan government in 2011 was accused in the Bhanwari Deve sex scandal. The lady had gone missing and her husband had accused Maderna of kidnapping her. It was alleged that the lady had tried to strike a deal with Maderna where she demanded money failing which she would make public a video of his. He was dismissed from the government.
This former minister in the Uttar Pradesh government was sent to jail for allegedly killing Madhumita Shukla, a poet. It was alleged that she was carrying Tripathi's child, and when she refused to abort it despite several threats, was gunned down. Tripathi was forced out of the Mayawati government.
P K Kunhalikutty:
In 1997, a minister in the Kerala government, P K Kunhalikutty came under the radar after it was alleged that an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode was being used to lure women into prostitution. Although he quit as mnister, he was never made an accused in the case.
Suresh Ram, the son of Indian Independence activist Jagjivan Ram was caught in a sex scandal in 1978. Pictures of Suresh in a compromising position with a woman appeared in a magazine called Surya which was then edited by Maneka Gandhi.