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HD Deve Gowda warns Prajwal Revanna, asks him to return and face legal proceedings

Karnataka: Prajwal Revanna is under investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) over allegations of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, following a complaint by a former household worker.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Bengaluru Updated on: May 23, 2024 17:48 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Karnataka: Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda addresses a press conference in Bengaluru.

JDS patron and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda has issued a stern warning to his grandson, Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna, to return to India and face the legal process in an obscene video case. Revanna is under investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) over allegations of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation, following a complaint by a former household worker. In a letter posted on X, Gowda expressed his ignorance of Revanna's whereabouts. It urged him to submit to the law, emphasising his commitment to ensuring no interference from his family in the investigation.

Chief Minister's appeal to the Prime Minister

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting the cancellation of Prajwal Revanna's diplomatic passport. Siddaramaiah highlighted that Revanna fled to Germany on April 27, 2024, shortly after allegations against him surfaced. The CM emphasised the need for prompt actions to secure Revanna's return to face the charges, which include rape, sexual assault, and criminal intimidation.

Gowda's stern warning

HD Deve Gowda's letter reflects his stance: "At this juncture, I can only do one thing. I can issue a stern warning to Prajwal and ask him to return from wherever he is and surrender before the Police. He should subject himself to the legal process. This is not an appeal that I am making, it is a warning that I am issuing. If he does not heed this warning he will have to face my anger and the anger of all his family, If he has any respect left for me he has to return immediately," he said. 

"I will ensure that there will be no interference in the enquiry against him from me or my family members," the former PM added.

Ongoing investigation and legal actions

Despite a Look Out Circular and a Blue Corner Notice, Revanna remains in hiding. The Karnataka government has constituted an SIT to investigate the charges, and efforts are underway to secure Revanna’s presence in India to face the criminal charges. The Ministry of External Affairs is processing the request for the cancellation of Revanna's diplomatic passport.

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