Karnataka CM puts PM Modi in a spot over diplomatic passport as Prajwal breaks silence on sexual abuse case

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to cancel the diplomatic passport of Prajwal Revanna.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 01, 2024 | 4:52 PM Updated May 01, 2024 | 4:53 PM

Prajwal Revanna investigation

Breaking his silence over serious allegations of sexual exploitation against him, Hassan Lok Sabha MP Prajwal Revanna, in a social media post, said “truth will prevail soon.”

The NDA’s candidate in Hassan took to his social media handle on X to convey that he won’t be appearing before SIT as mandated by a notice since he is not in Bengaluru. It was in the same post that he said, “truth will prevail soon”.

His advocate, G Arun further requested seven days of time to appear for the investigation.

Sharing the same, he wrote: “I have communicated to C.I.D Bangalore through my Advocate. The truth will prevail soon.”

Prajwal’s statement comes as the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to cancel the diplomatic passport of Prajwal Revanna.

Prajwal Revanna, grandson of former PM HD Deve Gowda is accused of sexually abusing and exploiting multiple women. After purported videos showing him and the victims went viral in Hassan, he has reportedly ‘fled’ the country.

The videos have been doing the rounds in Hassan since a couple of days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka on 26 April.

This is the first time Prajwal has spoken after the videos went viral, and an FIR was filed against him and his father HD Revanna after one of the victims came forward to complain.

In response to the SIT notice, G Arun noted that his client, Prajwal Revanna, was not in Bengaluru, and would need time to return.

In the response, Arun wrote: “My client received a notice that was stuck on his door and intimated to us by his family members. Under Section 41 (a) CrPC, dated 30 April 2024, my client has been asked to be present on 1 May 2024 before the court.”

He added, “But, my client is travelling outside Bengaluru and has been intimated about this notice. My client has requested for seven days time to come back and be present before the court for the enquiry. On behalf of my client, we are requesting for another date to be given.”

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CM Siddaramaiah’s challenge to PM Modi

Meanwhile, in a move that is sure to put the BJP, JD(S)’s ally, in a spot, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel Prajwal Revanna’s diplomatic passport.

In the letter addressed to the prime minister, Siddaramaiah urged Modi to even use diplomatic and police channels of the Government of India, as well as International Police agencies to bring Prajwal back.

He further assured that Karnataka SIT will provide the necessary details and fulfil the legal formalities required.

Speaking of the crime, the chief minister reiterated that, “As soon as the true nature of the alleged crimes against several women emerged and the victims came forward to file complaint against Prajwal Revanna and an FIR was lodged on 28 April, an SIT under the CID has been constituted.”

He further wrote, “While the SIT is working round the clock to investigate the allegations of crimes against several women by Prajwal Revanna, getting him back to the country is of utmost importance so that he faces investigation and trial as per the law of the land.”

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Sexual abuse case

The complaint was filed by a 47-year-old woman who worked at the residence of Revanna. An FIR has been filed against the father-son duo.

In her complaint, registered at the Holenarasipura Police Station, the survivor named both father and son, alleging sexual harassment and abuse by them.

Police have registered a case under Sections 354A, 354D, 506, and 509 of the IPC based on the complaint.

Earlier, Devaraje Gowda, the BJP’s candidate from the Holenarsipura in the 2023 Karnataka Assembly elections, said he had informed the party about Prajwal but no state leader paid heed to it.

He had written that he had received a pen drive with some 3,000 odd videos of women, including government officials, performing sexual acts with Prajwal.

He also alleged that Prajwal was using the footage to blackmail the women to continue engaging in such activities.

However, on Tuesday, 30 April, Karnataka BJP chief BY Vijayendra denied the allegations that Deveraje Gowda wrote to him to inform about Prajwal.

(Edited by Sumavarsha Kandula)