Following sharp criticism from opponents and amid public outcry over the rape case, allegedly involving senior Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, the minister came out with a rejoinder on Tuesday in his defence!
One upcoming singer Renu Sharma has lodged a rape complaint against Munde with the Mumbai police. Munde has clarified his position on Facebook after the news came out on social media. The minister said, “I have been in a relationship with a woman named Karuna Sharma since 2003. From this relationship, they had two children, a son and a daughter,” Munde confessed. However, why did Munde hide the relationship for so many years and why he has disclosed it only after Renu Sharma accused him of rape charges? Incidentally, Renu is the younger sister of the lady whom the minister has a relationship for the last one and a half decades.
Dhananjay Munde has been active in politics for many years. People have great faith in the character of a person in politics. If a politician’s character is tarnished, his entire political career is likely to be in jeopardy. Perhaps this is the reason why Munde did not make his relationship in public. Munde is currently a minister in the state government. Apart from this, he has a big position in the NCP. Hundreds of activists respect him. Therefore, disclosing these private matters to the public should not seem too important to Munde.
Renu Sharma has lodged a rape complaint against Munde. Renu Sharma is Karuna Sharma’s younger sister, Munde said on Facebook. Renu Sharma had earlier lodged a complaint with the police. However, he alleged that initially he did not get the desired response from the police. Renu Sharma made her complaint on Twitter by tagging several important persons, including Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Mumbai Police took a note of his complaint.
Meanwhile, news of Munde’s rape complaint went viral on social media. This was followed by mixed reactions from netizens. Now that the case has gone to the police, Munde defended himself by posting on Facebook. According to Munde, the complainant and her brother also blackmailed her and demanded ransom.
Munde claimed that all these allegations are false. “I have been in a consensual relationship with a woman named Karuna Sharma since 2003. My family, wife and friends were aware of this. Out of this mutual consent we had two children, a son and a daughter. I have given my name to these two children. My name as a parent of these children is in all the documents from the school certificate. These kids live with me. My family, wife and my children have also accepted them. Since the woman named, Karuna Sharma is the mother of my children, I have accepted the responsibility of her upbringing. I have helped them to get a flat in Mumbai. I have helped them a lot and helped to set up a business to her brother. I have done all sorts of things in good faith. But from 2019, Karuna Sharma and her sister Renu Sharma have started blackmailing me and demanding money. My life was threatened with dire consequences. His brother Brijesh Sharma was also involved in the process. A complaint has also been lodged with the police in this regard,” Munde defended.
In November last year, Karuna Sharma published very personal and private material related to me in social media with an intention to defame and blackmail me. “Therefore, I have filed a petition in the High Court against Karuna Sharma to seek justice in this case. In the petition, the High Court has passed an order restraining Karuna Sharma from publishing such material. The petition is pending before the High Court for further hearing,” he pointed out.
“At the same time, the process of reconciliation is underway through the lawyers of both the parties. We have personally gone to the High Court against Karuna Sharma in this regard and since all these matters are under consideration of the High Court, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further. I also urge the media in this regard to avoid further news item as it will affect the judicial process,” he urged.
Now the question is that whether Munde has mentioned about his second wife in his election affidavits? Why he maintained secrecy about it for the last one and a half decades. Being a public figure he has to give replies of these questions.
** M Charulata