Former Karnataka minister H. Halappa, arrested on charge of rape, on Tuesday claimed before the high court that the video footage on the alleged incident involving his friend’s wife had been tampered with.
Moving the bail application, senior counsel Ravi B. Naik said the video had been tampered as if to make it appear as a rape case and the woman and her husband had falsely implicated Halappa to tarnish his reputation.
Naik argued that there were differences between the FIR and the purported video footage, claimed to have been shot by victim’s husband last November.
Justice B.V. Pinto, adjourning the hearing on the bail application to May 13, directed the public prosecutor to file objections, if any on that day.
Halappa was arrested on May 9, after the victim and her husband filed a police complaint, alleging she was raped at their residence in Shimoga.
After the rape charge surfaced, Halappa quit from the ministry but has denied the allegation, saying it was a political conspiracy.
Halappa, who has been remanded to judicial custody till May 24, is in a hospital, after he complained of chest pain immediately after his arrest.