Politics behind sexual abuse charges against me and my MP son, claims JD(S) MLA HD Revanna

Several video clips allegedly involving Prajwal Revanna sexually abusing hundreds of women had started making the rounds in Hassan.


Published Apr 29, 2024 | 5:56 PMUpdatedApr 29, 2024 | 5:56 PM

Hassan HD Revanna

JD(S) MLA and former minister HD Revanna on Monday, 29 April, said he was open to an investigation over the allegations of sexual abuse involving his son and Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna and himself, and said they were ready to face action per law if the charges are proved.

Alleging that there was “politics” behind the issue, the elder son of JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda said his son Prajwal Revanna would “join” the probe “whenever he is asked to”.

Several video clips allegedly involving Prajwal Revanna sexually abusing several women had started making the rounds in Hassan in recent days.

The Karnataka government has constituted an SIT to probe the alleged sexual abuse of women by the MP.

Prajwal is the NDA candidate in the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, which went to the polls on 26 April.

Also, a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation was registered on Sunday against the father-son duo — Revanna and Prajwal Revanna — at the Holenarasipur police station in the Hassan district based on a complaint by a woman who worked in their household.

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‘Will face legally’

“We are here, we will face it legally… Some four or five-year-olds…(SIC) the thing is they have got it now and booking case…I will not react to this issue, as the case has been given to SIT and their investigation should not be hindered,” HD Revanna told reporters.

When it was pointed out that an FIR had been registered against him too, he said, “There is politics, I don’t want to comment. They (Congress) are in government and they will do whatever they want.”

He further said, “All these things are not just today, the Deve Gowda family in the last 40 years (has been targeted by) Congress. CoD (now CID), Lokayukta probe, we have been facing for the last 40 years… I don’t want to react to anything…let them take action in accordance with law,” he said, adding that he hasn’t spoken to Deve Gowda on the issue.

Responding to some Congress leaders’ claims calling it the biggest sex scandal, he said, “If it is, let them investigate. They have formed SIT…we will see what happens in accordance with law.”

The police have information that Prajwal has fled the country, after the voting was over on 26 April, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office, which announced the SIT probe.

Questioned about Prajwal’s whereabouts, HD Revanna said, “Normally he had to go (without saying where), and he has gone. Did he know they will file an FIR and constitute an SIT? He will come when called for an investigation.”

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