Rajasthan Minister Babu Lal Nagar,accused of raping a 35-year-old woman at his residence,tendered his resignation on ‘moral ground’.
The minister,booked for allegedly raping,threatening and beating up the woman on September 11 is the latest in the list of politicians involved in alleged sex scandals.
Here are a few politicians who have been involved in sex scandals:
Former Rajasthan Public Health and Water Resources Minister Mahipal Maderna was charged of abduction,rape and murder of Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari Devi was killed on September 1,2011 allegedly at the behest of Maderna and Congress legislator Malkhan Singh. The CBI,which had taken over the probe a year ago,had alleged that Bhanwari Devi was blackmailing Maderna and Malkhan on the basis of some CDs featuring her in a compromising position with the two politicians. She was abducted from Jodhpur’s Bilara area on September 1,2011 and strangulated to death. Her body was then handed over to another gang which burnt it and dumped it in a canal.
Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda is an accused the suicide of air hostess Geetika Sharma. The 23-year-old former air hostess,who was earlier employed with Kanda’s MLDR Airlines,was found dead on August 5,2012 at her Ashok Vihar residence in Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note,she had said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda. The lower court had on May 10 framed charges against Kanda for various offences including abatement of suicide,criminal conspiracy and forgery under the IPC and the Information Technology Act for hacking computers and sending offensive or false messages. It had framed additional and fresh charges of rape and unnatural offence against Kanda and his aide Aruna Chadha,who was also booked for abetting the commission of these offences. Kanda is out onbail.
Amar Mani Tripathi
The story of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Mani Tripathi and Madhumita Shukla was an example of a romantic triangle that went awry. 24-year old poetess,Madhumita was gunned down by two assailants in her apartment in Lucknow on April 9,2003. Amarmani Tripathi,his wife Madhumani and two others Rohit Chaturvedi and Santosh Kumar Rai were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Dehradun court in 2007 for hatching a conspiracy and killing Shukla. The investigations revealed that the poetess was pregnant when she was murdered and both Pandey and Rai went to her house and shot her dead.
Raghavji sodomy case
Former Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister and BJP leader Raghavji was arrested in July this year after his domestic servant accused him of sodomy. The servant alleged that Raghavji abused him for the last three-and-a-half years on the promise of getting him a government job. He later confided in the suspended BJP leader,Shiv Shankar Pateria about his ordeal,who asked him to record the act. The victim prepared 22 purported CDs,which showed Raghavji in the act,including one in Rewanchal Express Train.
Mahendra Singh caught from Goa dance bar
Samajwadi Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh,Mahendra Singh,was among six persons arrested by the Goa police following a raid on a Panaji dance bar. He was booked under the Anti-Prostitution Act. Following the incident,Akhilesh Yadav expelled him from the party.
In 2009,a Telegu channel aired a short clip allegedly showing the then Andhra Pradesh Governor in compromising position with three women. Tiwari resigned and apologized for the incident.
(With PTI inputs)