Rape-accused MP Prajwal Revanna sent to police custody till June 6

He was arrested from Bengaluru airport on Friday

Prajwal sex vidoes case Prajwal Revanna being brought to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru by the SIT | Bhanu Prakash Chandra

Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna (33) accused of sexually abusing several women was on Friday sent to six-day police custody. 

The suspended JDS MP, also the NDA candidate from Hassan, had gone absconding soon after the polling on April 26, after pen drives carrying sleazy video footage allegedly involving him surfaced a few days prior to the polling. 

Prajwal, grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, who is believed to have flown to Germany on a diplomatic passport landed in Bengaluru on Thursday post-midnight in a Lufthansa flight from Munich. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the ‘pendrive case’ detained him at the Kempegowda International Airport on his arrival. The MP who spent the night at the SIT office was taken to the Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital the next morning for a medical examination. 

The SIT on Friday morning produced the accused before the 42nd ACMM court (Special Court meant to try criminal cases related to the elected representatives) in the rape and sexual assault case filed by a former domestic help at the Revanna family in Hassan. In her complaint filed at Holenarsipura (Hassan) town police station on April 28, the former domestic help had alleged that both Prajwal and his MLA father H.D. Revanna had sexually assaulted her. While Prajwal was sent to six-day police custody, his father Revanna is out on bail in a kidnap case involving another farmhouse worker. 

On May 4, the SIT arrested Revanna (66) after his bail plea was rejected by the special court in the kidnap case. The son of a farmhouse worker in KR Nagar had filed a police complaint stating that his mother had been kidnapped by the Revanna family after video footage of his mother being sexually assaulted by Prajwal had gone viral. Revanna who spent six days in jail was given conditional bail.

The former minister has appealed to the High Court to quash the FIR (in the kidnap case), while SIT has appealed for revoking the bail granted to Revanna. The court which met on Friday, adjourned the hearing in the case till June 3. Meanwhile, the special court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Bhavani Revanna, mother of Prajwal, who is also an accused in the kidnap case. 

The former chief minister and JDS state president H.D. Kumaraswamy, who is the uncle of Prajwal, has appealed to Prajwal to return to India and face the probe, chose to stay away from Bengaluru when Prajwal finally landed in Bengaluru 34 days after he had gone absconding. Kumaraswamy, along with his wife, actor son Nikhil and his wife Revathy and grandson shared videos of his family chilling at a resort in Nagarhole National Park. 

JDS patriarch H.D. Deve Gowda and his wife Chennamma visited the Lakshmi Venkatramana temple. Revanna was on a temple run and was spotted praying at Anjaneya temple in the city, while his wife Bhavani has not been seen publicly for a fortnight. 

BJP leader and former CM Basavaraj Bommai demanded that the SIT should also investigate who circulated the pendrive video as it was also a very serious offence. 


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