Deve Gowda, wife upset by allegations of sexual abuse against Prajwal Revanna: HD Kumaraswamy

The JD(S) leader lashed out at Siddaramaiah for accusing him and Deve Gowda of consulting lawyers regarding the fight to protect the Hassan MP.

ByPTI

Published May 03, 2024 | 8:59 PMUpdatedMay 03, 2024 | 9:00 PM

HD Kumaraswamy will be contesting from Channapatna this Assembly elections. (Twitter)

Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday, 3 May, said his 90-year-old father and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and mother Chennamma were in “pain” following the alleged sexual abuse of several women by his nephew and MP Prajwal Revanna.

The JD(S) leader lashed out at Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for accusing him and Deve Gowda of consulting lawyers regarding the legal fight to protect the Hassan MP and said he does not have humanity.

“I want to ask the chief minister of this state whether he has any respect for parents — I don’t know from what culture you (CM) have come from. Today you posted a statement on Twitter (now X) stating that — on one hand Gowda and Kumaraswamy say that the accused must be punished while on the other hand, they have called the lawyer to Gowda’s house to discuss how to save the accused (Prajwal) and set things right legally,” Kumaraswamy said.

“This chief minister doesn’t have humanity,” he told reporters.

Also Read: Rape case registered against Prajwal Revanna, says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

‘My parents are in pain’

“I don’t want to speak about his (CM) family to take protection… My parents are in pain. To give them confidence so that things don’t affect their life, to comfort them, I was with them in their house in Bengaluru both yesterday and the day before yesterday.”

He further said, “Get video recordings from media persons stationed in front of our houses and see, Mr Siddaramaiah, as to which lawyer came to our house and how we discussed saving the accused”, Kumaraswamy said, addressing the chief minister.

“You may not have respect for parents, you may not have come from that culture. For me, my parents are important. I know about (my father’s) 60 years of political life, and how my mother (Chennamma) has led her life,” he said.

The 33-year-old Prajwal Revanna is the son of HD Deve Gowda’s elder son HD Revanna, who is an MLA and a former minister. Prajwal is the BJP-JD(S) alliance’s candidate from Hassan, which went to the polls on April 26.

Explicit video clips allegedly involving Prajwal Revanna sexually abusing several women had started making the rounds in Hassan in recent days. The state government has constituted a SIT to investigate the allegations against the MP.

Also Read: Ex-Zilla panchayat member says Prajwal Revanna repeatedly raped her

‘Flays attempts to drag Deve Gowda’

Kumaraswamy also flayed attempts at dragging Deve Gowda’s name into the issue.

“You might not know or have forgotten how he (Deve Gowda) has led his life. We have said several times now: that whoever has done wrong should face punishment. Still, such statements are being made,” he added.

Siddaramaiah, the ‘bete noire’ of Deve Gowda, was together with the JD(S) patriarch for a long time politically as part of the Janata Dal and JD(S) before he joined the Congress.

Siddaramaiah on Friday alleged that Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy were consulting lawyers.

“Kumaraswamy and Deve Gowda, who said that they don’t have anything to do with (developments in) Revanna’s family, have called a lawyer to their house and have held discussions. When they went for the election campaign, they said that ‘I am not different, Prajwal Revanna is not different. They all do political and sinful acts together,” the chief minister alleged.

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