At a presser on Tuesday morning, Ramesh Jarkiholi categorically said it was a conspiracy to ‘finish’ his political career.
The former minister later added that it was hatched in an apartment near Orion Mall as well as in an apartment which falls under the Yeshwanthpur police station limits.
Jarkiholi said “The video and CD are fake and it is a conspiracy against me. I am innocent,” he said with tears rolling down his eyes. “I knew about the CD four months ago and it was discussed a couple of times with my brother(Balachandra Jarkiholi) that I have done nothing wrong,” he added, reports the IndianExpress.
“This (sex) CD is 100% fake. There’s no truth,” a teary-eyed Jarkiholi said as he sought the support of mediapersons during a press conference.
“I got to know about the CD four months ago. I was asked about it then and I said I had no idea. I didn’t act because it was not the truth,” he said. “I got a call from a well-wisher 26 hours before the tape went public. I was warned. Still, I was undeterred because I have not done anything wrong,” he said, adding that the scandal has hurt him a great deal reported the Deccan Herald.
Turning emotional almost to the point of crying, Ramesh said the honour of his family was uppermost. “I cannot name the conspirators. But I know who these people are. The conspiracy was planned on the fourth floor near Yeshwanthpur police station and the fifth floor near Orion Mall. I cannot reveal more beyond that,” he added reported the Bengaluruive.
Alluding to an ‘influential’ leader behind the CD’s release, Ramesh said that when he was made minister, a ‘super leader’ had predicted that he (Ramesh) would not be able to handle the department for long and would leave within three months. “I successfully managed the department. Frustrated at my success, this leader has weaved this conspiracy,” Jarkiholi alleged, reported the Bengaluruive.