Echoing his father, Karthik Gowda told reporters in Kushalnagar that Maithreyi's claims were false and pictures showing them together were morphed."
Bangalore, Aug 28 - The son of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has been booked for rape and cheating following a complaint by Kannada film actor Maithreyi, police said Thursday. The Gowdas denied the charges, even as Bangalore police summoned Maithreyi for recording her statement.
We have booked a case against Karthik after the woman filed a complaint Wednesday... under sections 376 (rape) and 420 (cheating), Deputy Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh told IANS.
Maithreyi accused the 30-year-old Karthik Gowda of sexually abusing and cheating her by getting engaged to another woman after marrying her secretly June 5 in Mangalore, about 350 km from here.
She made the charge Wednesday after learning about Karthik's engagement to Rajashri alias Swathi, daughter of industrialist Nanaiah, in Kushalnagar in Kodagu district, about 230 km from here.
Minister Gowda denied the charge and accused his political opponents of attempting to malign him and tarnish his family's reputation.
His son too termed the charge baseless.
According to the complaint, Karthik married Maithreyi at his house in Mangalore and promised her a public wedding after convincing his parents.
I met Karthik in Bangalore in May through a common friend and we became close over the weeks and had an affair after he assured he will marry me, Maithreyi said in the complaint.
Sadananda Gowda, elected to the Lok Sabha from Bangalore North, said neither he nor his wife knew about their son's alleged secret wedding to Maithreyi.
It is a gimmick indulged by my political opponents for cheap publicity. As a case has been registered against my son, let the law take its course and justice prevail, an upset Sadananda Gowda told reporters in Mangalore.
Meanwhile, Bangalore police Thursday summoned Maithreyi for recording her statement.
We have summoned Maithreyi to record her statement. But she is not cooperating and did not report to the police station throughout the day, circle inspector S. Raghupathy of R.T. Nagar police station told IANS.
Echoing his father, Karthik Gowda told reporters in Kushalnagar that Maithreyi's claims were false and pictures showing them together were morphed.
Someone behind her is trying to malign my father's clean image, he said.