Bangalore : It was a joyous and momentous occasion for of Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, which got derailed late Wednesday when moments after his son Karthik got engaged, a Kannada film actress accused Gowda junior of cheating, abduction and rape.
The police are expected to arrest Karthik Gowda soon, which is mandatory as per the revised law, said a senior police officer.
“We booked Karthik Gowda under IPC Sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating) after Maithreyi Gowda lodged a complaint accusing him of having raped and cheated her,” the officer said.
All the drama unfolded as Karthik got engaged to Swathi, daughter of a hotelier, in Kushalnagar in Kodagu (Coorg) district.
While the minister and his son denied the allegations terming them as blackmail tactics, the actress flaunted photographs of herself and Karthik. She said she would soon release a video CD as proof of their wedding.
Maithreyi filed her complaint with the police in Bangalore soon after she came to know of Karthik’s engagement through television channels. In her complaint, she referred to Karthik as her husband. Following her complaint, the police sent Maithreyi to the Ambedkar Medical College for tests. If the test result is positive, then Karthik will also be subjected to tests which will confirm if the two had physical relationship, said a police officer.
In her three-page complaint to the police, Maithreyi claimed that one of her friends, Kushal, introduced Karthik to her on May 8, 2014. Later, they became friends and started having an affair. Kathik wanted a physical relationship, but Maithreyi insisted that she would allow such a relationship only after marriage.
“He took me to his house in Mangalore and tied the sacred thread which is the only proof of the wedding. Nobody else was around and he told me not to tell anyone about it. We did not register the wedding as I married him purely on trust. He wanted to have physical relationship with me. I could not resist his pressure and agreed for it only after the wedding,” Maithreyi claimed.
Maithreyi’s advocate Akash said the complaint has every minute detail of the relationship between the two. “We have stated the places these two visited, how they met each other, became friends and how he misled her and raped her.
“We have also mentioned the subsequent developments at later stages, how he managed to change Maithreyi’s mind and how he made her fall to his intentions and how she chose the wrong path due to his pressures,” he said.
“Though he did not indulge in physical abduction, he misled her by claiming that he would marry her and failed to keep up his promise. Misleading and using a person for a specific agenda also amounts to abduction,” Akash pointed out.
Reacting to the development, Karthik Gowda claimed to be innocent and said, “I am busy my work and not aware of anything.”
Meanwhile, Sadananda Gowda told mediapersons: “Everybody knew about my son’s engagement and preparations have been going on for the past two months. Why did she keep quiet all these days?’ ”’
Referring to Mythriya”s photographs, he said it was no big deal to get such pictures these days.