Hit by an alleged sex CD scandal, Karnataka Excise Minister HY Meti, 71, resigned on Wednesday, saying he has quit to avoid embarrassment to the Siddaramaiah government while denying any wrongdoing on his part.
As the controversy snowballed with the Opposition demanding his exit, Meti met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and submitted his resignation.
Siddaramaiah tweeted about the development.
Meti told reporters after he met the Chief Minister:
I have resigned on my own volition to avoid any embarrassment to the government and the chief minister.
Meti has been rubbishing the allegations against him.
I have done nothing wrong. I have requested the Chief Minister to hold an inquiry.HY Meti
The minister landed in a row after RTI activist Rajashekar Mulali claimed that hehad a CD with a video clip of Meti's alleged indecent act with a woman who approached him for a favour.
The activist had also claimed that some supporters of Meti had threatened him over the CD, which had not been released till the minister's exit.
However, an audio tape had surfaced in connection with the alleged sex CD, in which a man claiming to be a supporter of Meti is heard threatening the RTI activist.
Meti had said earlier after the row had erupted:
All the reports that are being carried on TV channels are false. I don’t know who that RTI activist is, I only saw him on TV today. Also, none of my supporters have threatened anyone, the language they are using is not the one spoken in north Karnataka.
Meti had also said he did not know who was behind the CD as "I don't have any enemies..". But he added that he did not intend to lodge a police complaint, saying, "Let them produce the video and prove the allegations first, after that I will take required action, whether to file a police complaint or whatever needs to be done."