15 Mar 2024

Case registered against former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa under POCSO

Karnataka Police has registered a case under POCSO against former Chief Minister of the state and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa.

According to the police, in this case registered, the mother of a 17 year old minor girl has made these allegations against Yediyurappa.

The woman alleges that when she met BS Yediyurappa, 81, on February 2, 2024, he sexually assaulted her minor daughter.

The woman said that she visited his residence on February 2 seeking justice in a rape case against her daughter and sought that a special investigation team (SIT) be formed to look into the case.

According to the first information report (FIR), Yediyurappa allegedly took the minor to a room, closed the door and sexually harassed her. The woman further alleged in the FIR that when she confronted Yediyurappa, he said that he was checking if the girl was raped or not. Yediyurappa later allegedly apologised and asked the woman not to reveal the matter to anyone.

The Sadashivanagar police in Bengaluru have registered a case under Section 8 (commit sexual assault) of the Pocso Act and Section 354 (a) (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The woman had given her complaint on Thursday evening, after which a case was registered late at night.

A case has been registered against BS Yediyurappa under Section 8 of POCSO and Section 354 of IPC.

However, BS Yediyurappa's response could not be found on this allegation. But an official in his office said, "When the woman came to meet the former Chief Minister at his residence two months ago."

BS Yediyurappa's office has also released a list of cases registered against many powerful people on behalf of the woman.

State Home Minister G Parameshwara spoke to the media on this matter.

According to him, "Police have registered a case and investigation is ongoing. We cannot tell anything until we know the truth. This is a very sensitive matter because the name of a former Chief Minister of our state has come up in it."

Yediyurappa held the position of Chief Minister of Karnataka on three occasions-- initially from 2008 to 2011, briefly in May 2018, and subsequently from July 2019 until 2021.

In 2021, after much speculation and uncertainty, Yediyurappa's resignation was announced. During his announcement, he visibly showed emotion, expressing that the people of the state had lost trust in the government.

After BS Yediyurappa, Basavaraj Somappa Bommai from the BJP assumed office as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka, serving from July 2021 until May 2023. The BJP has designated Bommai as its nominee for the Haveri constituency in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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