Prajwal Revanna case: SIT not going abroad to bring him back, says Karnataka home minister

Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna is believed to have left the country on 27 April after being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.


Published May 12, 2024 | 7:48 PMUpdatedMay 12, 2024 | 7:50 PM

Sexual assault case on Prajwal Revanna

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Sunday, 12 May, that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing sexual abuse charges against Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna would not be going abroad to bring him back. Instead, the probing team will share information with the Interpol.

He also cautioned political leaders about making public statements or sharing information in connection with the case.

The 33-year-old MP Prajwal Revanna, who is the grandson of JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, is facing charges of sexually assaulting several women.

The scandal has raised a political storm with the ruling Congress and BJP-JD(S) engaged in a slugfest.

Prajwal Revanna is said to have flown abroad on 27 April, a day after the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka was held.

He is the BJP-JD(S) alliance’s candidate from the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls in the first phase of elections.

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‘No such option’

Responding to reports that the SIT probe team is going abroad, the state home minister said, “No, there is no such option. A Blue Corner Notice has been issued (against Prajwal Revanna) and Interpol will share the information. Once he is found or identified in a country, the respective country will inform them (Interpol) and then the investigative bodies in India will come to know.”

Speaking to reporters, he added, “Investigation is going on, so not to affect the investigation, we don’t want to share any information.”

On Union Minister Pralhad Joshi’s statement alleging conspiracy behind the arrest of BJP leader Devaraje Gowda, he said, “If anyone says anything I cannot react to it. We cannot respond to every public statement. As this is a serious case, we cannot share information until the investigation is completed.”

Now arrested BJP leader Devaraje Gowda had made allegations against Congress leaders in the sexual assault case. He also faces charges of sexual assault of a woman.

Cautioning political leaders and the public against making any statements, Parameshwara said “My request to the public and our leaders is to be cautious while making statements. If not, based on the statements given by them, we may have to call them for investigation and record their statement under Section 41 A of CrPC.”

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