Published December 28, 2009
| London Times
An 86-year-old Indian politician was forced to resign Sunday after a television news channel broadcast footage allegedly showing him in bed with three women.
Narayan Dutt Tiwari, a Congress Party official and governor of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, insisted that the video was fabricated, but Congress leaders demanded that he resign on “health grounds."
The incident is a rare example of a senior politician embroiled in a sex scandal in a country where the media rarely exposes the private lives of public figures — even when their indiscretions are widely known.
The three-and-a-half-minute video is said to show the frail politician — whose wife died in 1993 — with the women at his official residence. The figure in the video is shown lying on a bed while the naked and scantily clad women kiss him and perform sex acts.
The video was released only a month after a court rejected a paternity suit against Tiwari, which came from a man claiming to be the son of a Congress Party activist alleged to have had an extramarital affair with Tiwari.