Prajwal Revanna sexual aassault case: BJP demands CBI probe, accuse SIT of ‘witch hunting’

Multiple charges of sexual assault against MP Prajwal Revanna has caused a political sandstorm in Karnataka

ByPTI

Published May 12, 2024 | 4:12 PMUpdatedMay 12, 2024 | 4:12 PM

Bommai says Congress government in Karnataka will fail

Leaders of the opposition BJP in Karnataka on Sunday, 12 May continued their demand for a CBI probe into sexual assault complaints against Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to ensure a fair investigation.

The 33-year-old JD(S) MP, who is the grandson of JD(S) patriarch and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, is facing multiple charges of sexual assault. With Revanna being the NDA candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from the Hassan constituency, the scandal has raised a political storm.

While the Congress government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the cases, BJP and JD(S) — NDA partners — have demanded that it be handed over to the CBI, and action taken against those behind the circulation of explicit videos.

BJP leader and former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said bringing out the guilty and ensuring punishment was the primary duty of the SIT, and accused it of “witch hunting”.

“People are questioning how the inquiry is progressing. A complaint has been lodged with the National Commission of Women about (a woman) being forced to file a complaint (in connection with case), and complaints are also being filed against those who gave information about the sexual abuse case,” Bommai said.

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Addressing reporters in Bengaluru, he said that bringing the guilty to book and ensuring punishment to them is the primary duty of the SIT, instead, it is engaging in “witch hunting,” causing the investigation to lose track.

Responding to a question on demands that Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar should also be subjected to inquiry, following allegations of his role behind the circulation of explicit videos, Bommai said, “Inquiring all those linked to the cases is crucial to complete the probe. That is why we are insisting that the case is handed over to the CBI so that the probe is conducted fairly.”

Sharing his view, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly R Ashoka said, the BJP’s clear stand is that the party will support its alliance partner JD(S) in its fight, and there should be a CBI probe in this case. “A CBI probe is needed because cases are being booked against those who first gave information about the sexual abuse case,” he said.

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