Railway minister’s son Karthik booked for raping actress
BANGALORE: The son of Railway Minister DV Sadananda
Gowda has been booked for rape and cheating following a complaint by Kannada
film actor Maithreyi, police said Thursday. The Gowdas denied the charges.
“We have booked a case against Karthik after the victim
filed a complaint late Wednesday ... under sections 176 (rape) and 420
(cheating)... and are investigating,” Deputy Police Commissioner TR Suresh said.
Maithreyi accused Karthik Gowda of sexually abusing
and cheating her by getting engaged to another woman after marrying her ‘secretly’
in June 5 in Mangalore, about 350 km from here.
She made the charge on Wednesday evening after
learning about Karthik Gowda’s engagement to the daughter of an industrialist
at Kushalnagar in Kodagu district, about 230 km from here. Minister Gowda
denied the charge and accused his political opponents of attempting to malign
him and tarnish his family's reputation. His son too termed the charge
Officer Suresh said, “The victim will be asked to
undergo a test to verify her charge. If it is proved that she was sexually
assaulted, we will ask Karthik too to go through the test.”
“She has filed a complaint in RT Nagar police station
against Karthik Gowda, Sadananda Gowda's son, for allegedly raping and cheating
her,” Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddi said on Wednesday. The case has
been booked against Karthik under sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 420
(cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, Reddi said.
According to the complaint, Karthik married Maithreyi
at his house in Mangalore and promised her to soon hold a public wedding after
convincing his father and mother. “I met Karthik in Bangalore early May through
a common friend and we became close over the weeks and had an affair after he
assured me he will marry me,” Maithreyi said in the complaint.
Gowda, elected to the Lok Sabha from Bangalore North,
said neither he nor his wife knew about their son's alleged secret wedding to
Maithreyi. “It is a gimmick indulged by my political opponents for cheap
publicity. As a case has been registered against my son, let the law take its
course and justice prevail,” an upset Gowda told reporters.