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Recruitment scam: Karnataka minister quits

Bangalore: Karnataka Medical Education Minister Ramachandra Gowda, who is at the center of a controversy over his alleged involvement in irregularities in recruitment of staff in two state-run medical colleges, resigned from the ministry on Sunday.

Gowda sent in his resignation letter at about 12.40 AM after he was asked by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to do so. The Minister was on his way to Tirupati to offer prayers at the famous Lord Balaji temple.

“As per the directions of the chief minister, I have resigned,” Gowda told reporters.

Sources at the official residence of Yeddyurappa said one of his daughters received Gowda’s resignation as the chief minister had already left on his China trip.

Gowda said he met Yeddyurappa yesterday morning and explained to him in detail about the controversy.

By evening, Gowda said he left for Tirupati and was near Kolar when Yeddyurappa called on him and asked him to put in his papers.

“I returned to the city and sent in my resignation”, he said, but declined to divulge his next moves remarking “wait and see”.

Gowda said his resignation need not be perceived as an admission of guilt in the recruitment scam.

“I even now say there are no irregularities in it. The matter is before the court, I will await the court verdict,” he said.

Gowda’s resignation comes a day before the state government is set to file its response before the High Court on the issue, in the backdrop of the court expressing displeasure over the contents of an affidavit filed by him last week.

The Minister has been facing allegations of irregularities in recruitment of staff in two state-run medical colleges in the state.

Gowda is the third minister to quit the 28-month-old the BJP ministry in the wake of controversies surrounding them.

S N Krishnaiah Shetty was forced to exit from the ministry after allegations of his involvement in land purchase and sale to Karnataka Housing Board surfaced.

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