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Karnataka no stranger to sex scandals

Wednesday, 8 February 2012 - 9:54pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: PTI
Karnataka is no stranger to sex scandals involving politicians, exemplified by the latest porno episode in the assembly that has claimed the scalp of three ministers.

Karnataka is no stranger to sex scandals involving politicians, exemplified by the latest porno episode in the assembly that has claimed the scalp of three ministers.

The alleged escapades of former BJP ministers Haratal Halappa and Renukacharya and now the assembly incident involving ministers Laxman Savadi, C C Patil and Krishna Palemar has put the BJP in a soup.

In 2010, former Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister Hartal Halappa and a close aide of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa resigned after a newspaper published an article alleged he sexually assaulted his friend's wife.

Venkateshmurthy, a Shimoga resident, reportedly recorded visuals of Halappa attempting to rape his wife when he stayed with the couple for the night on a visit to the district.

Halappa not only blamed the rival Reddy brothers led camp but also pointed fingers at old mentor, late S Bangarappa.

When Congress raised a hue and cry over the scandal, state party President KS Eshwarappa rebutted Opposition's demands, dragging in former Andhra Pradesh Governor ND Tiwari's name.

Besides Halappa, there are some other Karnataka politicians allegedly involved in unsavoury episodes.

One is Excise Minister MP Renukacharya, another close aide of Yeddyurappa, who faced legal cases after nurse-turned-entreprenuer LA Jayalakshmi charged him with issuing death threats after papers splashed pictures of their intimate relations.

Married with two children, Renukacharya had met her while working in Bapuji Ayurvedic Medical College in Shimoga more than a decade ago. They allegedly fell apart over business issues.

However, Renukacharya was reinstated by Yeddyurappa.

Now Savadi, Patil and Palemar - all Yeddyurappa loyalists, triggered a fresh controversy for allegedly watching porno clippings on mobile phones during assembly proceedings yesterday.




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