Prajwal will give full cooperation in probe, says advocate; SIT issues notice to Bhavani in kidnapping case

The SIT informed Prajwal's mother Bhavani Revanna that they wanted to question her in a kidnapping case on 1 June.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 31, 2024 | 2:54 PM Updated May 31, 2024 | 2:54 PM

Prajwal Revanna sex abuse case

Suspended JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is facing allegations of sexually abusing several women, was extending full cooperation to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing cases against him, and has requested that there should not be any media trial, his advocate said on Friday, 31 May.

Stating that Prajwal has been arrested in a case registered against him in Holenarasipura in Hassan district, Advocate Arun G said, one has to wait to see what happens to the Hassan MP’s bail application pending before the court.

Prajwal was arrested in the wee hours of Friday by the SIT, minutes after he landed from Germany in Bengaluru past midnight.

“I went to speak to him. He has appealed to the media that he has come forward to cooperate with the investigation. So he has requested that there be no media trial. Let there be no negative campaign unnecessarily,” Arun said.

The SIT also informed Prajwal’s mother Bhavani Revanna that they want to question her in a kidnapping case on 1 June.

Prajwal, grandson of Deve Gowda and the BJP-JD(S) alliance candidate from the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, is facing charges of sexually abusing many women. He has been so far booked in three cases of sexual assault.

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Taken for medical examination

Prajwal was taken to hospital for medical examination under tight security on Friday, police said. Escorted by female police officials, he was taken to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru.

The 33 year-old MP, who arrived from Germany’s Munich, was taken to the CID office for interrogation, sources in the SIT said.

The SIT is also contemplating a potency test on Prajwal. A potency test is done to ascertain that a rape accused is capable of committing sexual assault on victims.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Prajwal, the lawyer said the Hassan MP is before the SIT to give the fullest cooperation.

“I have come forward, the whole purpose of me coming to Bengaluru or before SIT is that I have to stand by my words. I have come forward. I will give the fullest cooperation — these are Prajwal’s words,” he added.

The advocate said that he had explained to Prajwal how the court procedures would work.

‘Already there in the media’

Asked whether Prajwal reiterated his earlier statement about a political conspiracy or vendetta against him, Arun said, “Whatever he has spoken is already there in the media. I think I should not add or subtract from what is already there. So I don’t want to give any clarity on it.”

“I had gone there, as he (Prajwal) had come. Today, I got a call from SIT. So I came and spoke to him. Nothing more than that,” he added.

Asked whether Prajwal is responding to SIT’s questions, he said, “He is cooperating. They (officials) have not shared information regarding when he will be produced before the court.”

On the bail application that is pending before the court, the advocate said, “Probably you will have to wait and see what happens in the court. I would not like to talk about the fate of petitions before the court….whatever it is certainly we will make our submissions before the court.”

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Notice to Bhavani Revanna

In a notice to Bhavani Revanna, the daughter-in-law of Deve Gowda, the SIT Inspector and Investigation Officer Hemanth Kumar M said there was a need to conduct an inquiry.

“Since there was a need to conduct an inquiry with you, you are hereby informed to be present at ‘Chennambika Nilaya’ (her house) at Holenarasipur in Hassan district on 1 June from 10 am to 5 pm,” the SIT Inspector said on Thursday.

He said he would conduct an inquiry in the presence of women police.

The case pertains to the kidnapping of a woman from KR Nagar in which her husband and Holenarasipura JD(S) MLA HD Revanna is an accused and is out on bail.

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.

Prajwal on 29 May had filed an anticipatory bail plea at the court, which issued a notice to the SIT to file objections before posting the hearing for 31 May.

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)