Zafer Caglayan, the Turkish Economy minister and Muammer Guler, the Turkish Interior minister whose sons have been arrested on corruption charges plus Environment minister Erdogan Bayraktar have resigned today.
As they resigned they hit out at the police anti-corruption probe as a dirty operation against the Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They accepted no blame and denied all allegations.
The Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar said the prime minister should also step down as he announced his resignation.
In response to the police operation, a number of police commissioners have been sacked, including the head of police in Istanbul.
Meanwhile PM Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to break the hands of anyone who attempts to use the ongoing corruption scandal against the government.