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SIT probes ‘obscene video scandal’ involving JDS MP Prajwal Revanna; CM Siddaramaiah responds

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah ordered a special investigation team to probe a sex scandal allegedly involving Hassan MP and Janata Dal (Secular) candidate from the seat, Prajwal Revanna. The development comes a day after voting took place in the constituency on April 26.

Video clips began circulating in Hassan showing MP Prajwal Revanna indulging in sexual acts with several women, including some government employees. Subsequently, the Karnataka State Commission for Women asked the chief minister to set up a special investigation team.

The Women’s Commission said there were also cases where women were coerced or filmed without their consent.

The Commission, headed by Dr Nagalakshmi Chaudhary, said “influential politicians” sought sexual favors from women, besides “raping some of them”.

Meanwhile, Prajwal Revanna, grandson of JDS chief and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, left for Frankfurt, Germany on April 27.

Announcing his decision to set up an SIT to probe the case, Siddaramaiah took to microblogging site Obscene video clips are circulating in the Hassan district, showing that women have been sexually abused. Against this backdrop, the Women’s Commission chairperson had written to the government seeking a SIT probe. This decision was taken in response to their request.”

NDA should call: Karnataka DyCM DK Shivakumar on Prajwal Revanna case

Reacting to the matter, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said the NDA “has to decide whether Prajwal Revanna is part of it or not”.

JD(S) is part of the NDA alliance in the southern state.

“The Women’s Commission has filed several complaints. I believe that the Honorable Prime Minister, together with the Home Minister and the police, has reviewed the entire situation and has come to a conclusion. Now the NDA has to decide whether he is part of it or not. They either want to hang out with him or they don’t. The Prime Minister has to make the call,” he said.

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Shivakumar also demanded answers from the state BJP chief on the issue.

“The sexual assault allegations are not just against any Hassan leader. (Karnataka BJP Chief) BY Vijayendra and others must answer. I have read reports that the Women’s Commission is trying to tarnish their image. The Commission has written a letter to the Chief Minister and Home Minister,” Shivakumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI as said.

It’s a serious matter: Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara

According to a News18 report, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said the state government will soon announce the name of the person who will head the SIT formed to probe the obscene video scandal allegedly involving the Hassan MP.

“It’s a very serious matter, not a joke or anything. We founded the SIT. In an hour, we will announce the name of the person who will head the SIT,” he said.

On reports that Prajwal Revanna had left the country, G Parameshwara said, “I have been told that he has left the country. After this, it is left to the SIT. Once a government order is announced, it will be left to the SIT to take him back to India and investigate.”

Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad also reacted to the matter and said, “No matter how powerful an individual is, action will be taken.”

“I believe that the videos depict violence and violence against women that are very serious and this will be properly investigated and appropriate action taken. No matter who and how powerful he is, action will be taken,” Arshad said.

On the other hand, Poornachandra Tejaswi MG, the election agent of both the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP, filed a complaint alleging that Naveen Gowda and several others had circulated so-called videos to defame Revanna, a India today report said.

“Naveen Gowda and others have altered and circulated videos and images among the voters in Hassan Lok Sabha segment through pen drives, CDs and WhatsApp to portray Prajwal Revanna in a bad light. They are asking people not to vote for him,” the FIR said.

However, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara refuted reports of “political motivation” behind the scandal.

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  • “If there are so many videos circulating in society, how can this be politically motivated? If the aggrieved women file complaints with the women’s commission, how can this be political? It is not political and it is something we have never heard of and that is why we have formed SIT and they will look into it,” he said.

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    Pragati Pal

    Pragati Pal is a sub-editor at News18.com, where he covers general and national daily affairs

    Location: Karnataka, India

    first print: Apr 28, 2024 08:41 IST