The CD allegedly involving Mr Bhat and a woman in a compromising position went viral on Thursday after an unknown person forwarded it to some sections of media.
However, Mr Bhat claimed that the CD was “fabricated and morphed” and denied its contents. “It is not me, it’s morphed, doctored and ‘cut and paste work of my opponents,” he said. With only days left for the elections scheduled to be held on May 5, he denied playing any role in the video tape, and has claimed that it was a conspiracy by his rivals from other parties to tarnish his political image before the elections.
Speaking to news channels, he said that he was shocked and hurt and felt humiliated by the turn of events. Clarifying that he was not at fault, he however has declared that he did not want to cause further embarrassment to his party and would not contest in the upcoming elections.
The CD reportedly contains additional indecent visuals which cannot be telecast. Mr Bhat told news channels that he did not want to name anyone as the cause for having engineered the CD which shows him in bad light, and urged that a thorough investigation should be conducted about the source of the CD.
People in the coastalregion were in for a shock when private channels began telecasting the news about the CD at 10.30 am. The public became curious as most of the channels that aired the news said the videos in the CD were not worth telecasting as they were explicit sex scenes. One particular channel showed the clippings, but most places in Udupi do not have access to that channel.
Surrounded in controversy
This is not the first time that the MLA has been involved in controversy. Following the mysterious death of his wife Padmapriya in New Delhi five years ago, allegations grew whether or not Raghupathi Bhat had a role to play in her death, after she mysteriously disappeared from her home and was subsequently found dead in 2008.
Although preliminary investigations revealed that she had purportedly committed suicide, the rumour mill suggested that Bhat was somehow involved in the case. Four years after his wife was found dead, the MLA came out in the open last year and claimed that he was innocent and had no hand in her death.
There had been speculations previously, stating that Bhat’s opponents would try to revive the controversy surrounding him being involved in his wife’s death, ahead of elections. Hence, few members of the BJP had been apprehensive of instigators who might try to damage his reputation if he would be fielded from Udupi in the upcoming elections.