Rape case: Ex-Karnataka minister Halappa arrested

Former Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister H Halappa was on Sunday arrested in connection with a rape case filed against him by his friend`s wife.

Shimoga: Former Karnataka Food and Civil
Supplies Minister H Halappa was on Sunday arrested in connection
with a rape case filed against him by his friend`s wife.

Halappa, who appeared before the CID today following a
notice served by the investigating agency on May 6, was
questioned for three to four hours, CID DIG Charan Reddy said.

"We have formally arrested him after interrogating him.
Halappa has however denied the allegation," he said.

The former minister was later taken to a local hospital
for a medical test, police said.

The police on May 6 had pasted a notice at two of
Halappa`s residences asking him to appear before it by May 10.

Halappa had quit his post as minister after a media
report claimed he had sexually assaulted his friend`s wife at
their residence in November last at Shimoga, Chief Minister B
S Yeddyurappa`s home district.

He had moved the court in Shimoga, seeking anticipatory
bail, which has been posted for hearing to May 11.

Chandravathi, wife of financier Venkatesh Murthy, had
filed an FIR claiming Halappa had raped her and later
threatened the couple with dire consequences if they spoke
about it.

Police have booked charges of criminal intimidation,
wrongful confinement and restraint against Halappa and two of
his aides.

Halappa has denied all the charges, calling it a
political ploy by his adversaries. The opposition had raised a
hue and cry over the issue and demanded a CBI probe.

PTI

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