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Karnataka excise minister resigns over his sex tape surfaces

"I have requested the Chief Minister to hold an inquiry", Meti, who has been rubbishing the allegations against him, told reporters after submitting his resignation.

Meanwhile, the victim woman who got herself admitted to a hospital for stomach ache, was discharged last night against the advice of the doctor.

Walking out of the Chief Minister's residence, a defiant Meti, however, denied indulging in any obscene activity and claimed he resigned from the ministry to avoid embarrassment to the ruling party and the Siddaramaiah government.

Siddaramaiah later in a tweet said that he had recommended to the Governor (Vajubhai Vala) to accept the minister's resignation at the earliest.

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"I have chose to order a CID probe as Mr Meti still maintains that he is not the not the one (man) in that alleged video", the Chief Minister told the media soon after forwarding the resignation letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala. He has voluntarily resigned.

"I also suspect that Meti's aides might have released the video to the media", he alleged. However, Basavaraj Sarur, husband of the alleged victim, contradicted her statement, saying the woman in the CD was his wife. The minister claimed that it was a conspiracy against him and that he was trapped in the act.

According to reports, on Sunday, an RTI activist named Rajashekhar had alleged that the excise minister had asked sexual favour from a woman in return for a transfer but there was confusion over who the woman was. "I have done nothing wrong, let the enquiry commence".

Meti, the 71-year old legislator from Bagalkot, was allegedly involved in seeking sexual favours for transfers in a government department.

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".All the reports that are coming on TV channels are false".

The video is said to be recorded by a cop who is said to be a friend of the minister's son. Why the government had to wait till the release of the CD to seek the minister's resignation had raised many eyebrows.

"I am not sure of my future course of action as the minister is a part of this government", Molali earlier said.

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