Kidnapping case: SIT launches searches in multiple locations for Bhavani Revanna

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said a search is on to "arrest" Bhavani Revanna, who is found "absconding".

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 02, 2024 | 12:11 PM Updated Jun 02, 2024 | 12:36 PM

Bhavani Revanna. (X)

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) carried out searches at various locations in the last 24 hours looking for Bhavani Revanna in connection with a woman kidnap case as she was not present at her residence at Holenarasipura in Hassan district, sources said on Sunday, 2 June.

The SIT was constituted by the Karnataka government to probe the sexual assault incidents involving her son and suspended JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said a search is on to “arrest” Bhavani, who is found “absconding”. She is hiding somewhere and will be arrested soon, he added.

“They (Special Investigation Team) are searching for her (Bhavani) to arrest her. It’s not known where she is. She will be arrested once she is found. It is a due process of law and nothing else,” Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.

The SIT had issued a notice to Bhavani asking her to be present at home on 1 June as there was a need to question her in the cases linked to her son. When a team of SIT sleuths reached Bhavani’s house, ‘Chennambika Nilaya’, she was not present.

Two women lawyers reached ‘Chennambika Nilaya’ on Saturday evening and met the SIT officials. They did not disclose the purpose behind the meeting.

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Cites health issues

It is learnt that Bhavani had communicated through her lawyers that she was unwell and would appear before them shortly.

Bhavani’s husband and Holenarasipura JD(S) MLA HD Revanna is on bail in the same case.

The SIT carried out searches at various locations including Mysuru, Hassan, Bengaluru, Mandya and Ramanagara. The searches were also done at Bhavani’s relatives’ houses to track her, but she was not found, sources said.

Sources said the SIT has constituted various teams to look for Bhavani.

The JD(S) first family, especially former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s son Revanna, his wife Bhavani and son Prajwal, is in soup after scores of explicit videos came out on 21 April and Prajwal, who is seeking reelection from Hassan Lok Sabha segment as an NDA candidate, fled to Germany.

The Karnataka government formed the SIT to probe the cases against Prajwal on the recommendation of the Karnataka State Commission for Women chairperson Nagalakshmi Chowdhary, who wrote to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to investigate the matter.

Prajwal, facing sexual abuse allegations, returned from Germany on Friday and was immediately arrested by the SIT at the Bengaluru airport. A special court in the city remanded him to police custody till 6 June.

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Case against Bhavani

The case against Bhavani and Revanna pertains to the kidnapping of a woman from KR Nagar.

After the explicit videos showing women being sexually abused allegedly by their son Prajwal came out in the open, the victim from KR Nagar in Mysuru was abducted by Revanna’s confidant.

The case was registered on a complaint lodged by the 20-year-old son of the victim. The complainant also said that his mother figured in the video where she was tied and raped allegedly by Prajwal.

Bhavani and her son have already moved the Special court seeking anticipatory bail.

In the first case registered against him at the Holenarasipura Town police station in Hassan on 28 April, Prajwal is accused of sexually harassing a 47-year-old former maid. He is listed as accused number two, while his father Revanna, is accused number one.

Prajwal has been so far booked in three cases of sexual assault. There are also charges of rape against him.

(With PTI inputs)