Karthik, son of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, has been booked for sexually abusing and cheating a Kannada film actor, police said Thursday.

"We have booked a case against Karthik after the victim filed the complaint late Wednesday in our jurisdiction police station under sections 176 (rape) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating the charges," Deputy Police Commissioner (East) T.R. Suresh told the media on Thursday.

D V Sadananda Gowda said his son has been "falsely implicated" in the matter.

Sadananda Gowda
Railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda

"Law will take its own course. I will not interfere in the matter", he said when asked about the complaint filed against his son Karthik by a small-time Kannada model and actress yesterday.

"It is a personal matter. It is a falsely implicated complaint. As a Minister I am here", Gowda told reporters.

The woman had yesterday claimed that she is married to the minister's son. The claim came on a day when Karthik got engaged to another woman at a ceremony at Kushalnagar in Kodagu District yesterday.

Bangalore Police commissioner M N Reddi had stated that "the woman had filed the complaint in RT Nagar Police Station against Karthik Gowda, Sadananda Gowda's son, for allegedly raping and cheating her". A case has been lodged against Karthik under IPC sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 420 (cheating), Reddi had said.