In a new twist to the controversial CD case involving Ramesh Jarkiholi, the former Karnataka water resource minister, on Tuesday, he told media persons that he was innocent and that the purported CD was “100% fake”. In his 18-minute-long interaction with media persons, the youngest of the Jarkiholi brothers claimed that this whole issue was a conspiracy against him.
He also claimed that he was aware about the CD much in advance and had even informed the high command regarding the same.
“There is no truth in this CD. It’s a conspiracy and I’m innocent. In fact I got to know about the CD four month’s back and told my brother Balachandra that I had done nothing wrong and it wasn’t me. I even got a call from high command asking to to take legal help. But I said I would fight it out,” the Belgavi MLA claimed.
Jarkiholi went on to add that this whole incident had hurt his wife and children the most. He said that he would avenge the honour of his extended family and supporters in Belgavi.
“I’m told ₹5 crore was exchanged in this whole conspiracy . Also two flats were given in a foreign country… I don’t know much details but whoever has out me in this situation today, I will not let him go until I send him to jail”.
Claiming innocence, Jarkiholi almost choked, telling media that the alleged CD was very unlike his character. He said he was a religious man who frequented temples and was in fact at a temple itself, when the so called CD was leaked to the media.
“I was in temple that evening. I came back and thought about the outcomes. My resignation was my own decision. I waited one night and the gave my resignation the next morning by 9:30am. CM didn’t ask me for it” he added.
Jarkiholi said that this whole conspiracy was strategised around the Orion Mall and Yeshwanthpur areas of Bengaluru.
The Jarkiholi Brothers have approached the CM and home minister Basavaj Bommai asking the govt to hand over the case to the CID at the earliest.