Karnataka sex-for-job case: Woman’s lawyer hits out at CM’s stand on Ramesh Jarkiholi

Karnataka sex-for-job case: Woman's lawyer hits out at CM's stand on Ramesh Jarkiholi

The lawyer also urged media representatives not to portray the woman derogatory.

Jagadesh KN Mahadev, the legal advisor to the woman implicated in the sexual assault case against Ramesh Jarkiholi on Wednesday, said Karnataka Chief Minister BS. Yediyurappa’s open invitation to campaign after Jarkiholi reflects how the Karnataka government plans to deal with this case.

“Yediyurappa’s open invitation to rape (Ramesh Jarkiholi) is nothing more than an insult to women of this state, even when my client wanted to record her testimony before a judge. His testimony is a perfect indication that the government of Karnataka is doing everything possible to protect Jarkiholi, “he claimed.

In a 55-minute Facebook live session, he met the Finance Minister of Karnataka, R. Ashoka, and the CCB inspector, Puneeth Kumar, among others. He had previously spoken out against R Ashoka when he first filed a lawsuit against Ashoka’s brother-in-law when he was deputy prime minister and interior minister of the state in 2011.

Jagadesh claimed that SIT investigators Kavitha and Dharmendra Kumar were responsible for the release of the video clip showing his client driving to media houses in a car. “This is a gross invasion of our customers’ privacy, so we reported this to the judge by appointing these officers,” he said.

The presence of the KPCC legal cell’s general secretary, Surya Mukundraj, and the use of Congressional MLA Harris Nalpad’s car to drive around had raised questions against Jagadeesh. However, he claimed that there was no party politics involved. “What is wrong with my fellow brother (Mukundraj) accompanying me or the victim. There is no party politics here. He has come to advocate nothing else,” he said, adding that there was nothing wrong with using Nalpad’s car . “I have a car, but to travel with the victim I used Nalpad’s car as the car was arranged by my driver in the past. He calls his friends and sometimes arranges,” he said.

Previously, when dealing with the media, he asked not to portray the victim in a derogatory manner. “Most news outlets state that ‘CD Lady’ and ‘CD Lady Lawyer’ are incorrect to use such words. These are derogatory terms. She is a victim and she should be seen that way and nothing else,” he said .

Ramesh Jarkiholi has been booked under Sections 354A (sexual harassment), 417 (fraud), 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (deliberate insult), 376 C (sexual intercourse by an authorized person) of the Indian Criminal Code. He was also posted under 67A (penalty for posting or transmitting material containing sexually explicit acts) of the Information Technology Act.

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