HC stay order comes as a relief for Karthik whose marriage is scheduled to be held on October 29.

Police drop rape charges against Karthik Gowda Sadananda Gowdas sonImage: Karthik Gowda/ Youtube
news Friday, October 02, 2015 - 16:05

The police have dropped charges of rape and kidnapping against Union Law Minister Sadanand Gowda's son Karthik Gowda, who was accused of rape and cheating by an actress last year. However, Karthik would still face trial for cheating.

Hearing a petition filed by Karthik seeking quashing of proceedings against him, Judge Rathnakala granted the stay for four weeks.

The stay order comes as a relief for Karthik whose marriage is scheduled to be held on October 29.

In a complaint lodged at RT Nagar police station in Bengaluru in 2014, the actress had accused Karthik of raping and cheating her on the pretext of marriage.

The complaint was filed under section 376(rape), 366(kidnapping) and 420(cheating) of the IPC on the day Karthik was getting engaged to a girl selected by his family.

On September 30, RT Nagar police confirmed that they have filed a chargesheet before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court against Karthik Gowda for cheating and dropped the rape charge based on forensic lab reports. Based on this evidence, Karthik has been booked for cheating the actress.

The police sources said investigations reveal that on the day of the alleged kidnap and rape, the actress had voluntarily met Karthik in Mangaluru.

Speaking to the media in August 2014, the actress claimed that he had married her by tying a mangalsutra when they met in Mangaluru.

The police have CCTV footage of other places where they were seen together as proof of their relationship.

Hearing the phone conversations between Karthik and the actress, the police confirmed that they had made plans to marry and had also engaged in further talks.