Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti resigns over sleaze tape

"I have resigned on my own in order to avoid any embarrassment to the government and the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah", Meti told reporters after he met the Chief Minister. "He is very much older than Renukacharya and the allegation is that he wanted sex in return for carrying out a government transfer for the woman", a senior Congress politician who declined to be named told ET.

"Excise minister Shri H.Y. Meti has resigned".

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

Meti was one of the 13 ministers inducted into the three-year-old Congress government on June 19 in a major reshuffle when 14 others were sacked to make place for them.

Mulali had also claimed that some supporters of Meti had threatened him not to release the CD.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who accepted the resignation, said a full investigation will be conducted into the Meti affair.

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HY Meti considered close to Karnataka CM resigned on Wednesday. He had himself asked that a probe be ordered, he added.

Meanwhile, the woman in the controversial CD on Tuesday made a U-turn by claiming that it was indeed her in the video. Siddaramaiah also belongs to the same community. "Meti is claiming it is a conspiracy, he is not involved in such an incident and has totally denied it".

Mr. Meti has been in the midst of a controversy over the last four days for allegedly seeking sexual favours from a woman, a contract employee in the Department of Health, who had come to him seeking help for a transfer. Earlier Meti had rejected reports on the alleged CD, calling it false.

Mulali said he released the CD in New Delhi, where he went to meet the Congress high command but could not as Parliament is in session.

Meti has been alleged to have sexually exploited a woman, who happens to be a government employee, after promising her placement of her choice. "DID NO WRONG" I have not done anything wrong.

Reacting to this, Siddaramaiah said "I don't know, let him release".

  • Megan Austin