Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah rules out CBI probe in sexual abuse case against MP Prajwal, reposes faith in SIT

"We are getting the probe done by our police (SIT), we have belief and faith in our police. They are efficient," Siddaramaiah said

ByPTI

Published May 12, 2024 | 4:38 PMUpdatedMay 12, 2024 | 4:38 PM

Siddaramaiah

Ruling out the transfer of the probe into sexual abuse charges against Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to the CBI, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday, 12 May, said he reposed faith in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police, which is investigating the case.

Questioning BJP’s locus standi to make such a demand, he asked the Opposition party as to why it doesn’t trust the police. He also hit out at the saffron party for making misleading statements aimed at confusing the minds of the people about SIT, which is conducting a “fair probe”.

“We are getting the probe done by our police (SIT), we have belief and faith in our police. They are efficient,” Siddaramaiah said in response to a question on BJP demanding a CBI probe.

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‘Probe will be done by police’

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he pointed out that the BJP had once called CBI “Corruption Bureau of Investigation”, and the party never handed over a single case to the central agency while in power, despite Congress’ repeated demands.

He further said, “It’s not that I don’t have faith in CBI, the cases that need to be handed over to CBI will be given. When I was the chief minister earlier, I had given seven cases to CBI, but there was no conviction even in a single case… that doesn’t mean I don’t have faith in the CBI… SIT is also an investigating agency like CBI, we will get the probe done by our police.”

The 33-year-old JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is the grandson of JD(S) patriarch and former PM H D Deve Gowda, is facing charges of sexually abusing women. The scandal has raised a political storm with the ruling Congress and BJP-JD(S) engaged in a slugfest.

While the Congress government has formed an SIT to probe the cases, the BJP and JD(S) — NDA partners — have demanded that it be handed over to the CBI, and action against those behind the circulation of explicit videos.

Also Read: Prajwal sexual abuse case won’t affect BJP-JD(S) alliance: Yediyurappa

‘BJP’s job is to make false allegations’

Responding to allegations that BJP leader Devaraje Gowda was arrested to save the ruling Congress and its leaders, who are allegedly behind the circulation of explicit videos, the chief minister said the BJP’s job is to make false allegations.

“He (Devaraje Gowda) has been arrested following allegations of sexual abuse against a woman, a complaint was filed on 1 April. We are not interfering in the investigation of the police (SIT). Police have been given full freedom, it is their duty to investigate and get the guilty punished.

To a query on Union Minister Pralhad Joshi’s alleged statement accusing the Congress government of a “witch hunt” against BJP workers in connection with the case, Siddaramaiah said, Pralhad Joshi is a central minister and he should speak responsibly.

“….BJP leaders are experts in lying, they only make false allegations,” he said, adding that SIT is conducting a fair probe, to mislead and cause confusion in the minds of the people, intentionally such statements are being made.

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