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SIT Books JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna for Rape After Fresh Complaint

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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has taken a significant step in the ongoing Hassan sex abuse row by booking JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna for rape following a fresh complaint by a woman from Hassan. The complainant alleges that Prajwal Revanna “coerced her into having sex.” In addition to the rape charges against Prajwal, a second FIR has been filed against his father, HD Revanna, on charges of kidnapping.

Background

The scandal came to light after a former house help at Prajwal’s residence in Hassan filed a complaint on April 28, alleging sexual harassment by both Prajwal and HD Revanna, the former state minister and elder son of Deve Gowda. The victim claims that she was sexually exploited multiple times between 2019 and 2022. The initial FIR charged Prajwal Revanna under sections 354A, 354D, 506, and 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for offenses related to sexual harassment, intimidation, and violation of a woman’s dignity.

Fresh Allegations on Prajwal Revanna

The latest complaint, filed by the same woman, specifically accuses Prajwal Revanna of rape. The SIT has decided to add the rape section under the IPC to the FIR lodged on April 28. Unlike the previous FIR, which included charges against both Prajwal and his father, the rape charges are now directed solely at the 31-year-old MP. The identity of the complainant is being kept confidential as per norms1.

Second FIR Against HD Revanna

In a significant development, a second FIR has been registered against HD Revanna, who was also named in the sexual harassment case. This time, the charges are related to kidnapping. According to the complainant, she was kidnapped by HD Revanna. The case has been filed with the KR Nagar police station.

Lookout Circular Issued

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara announced that a lookout circular has been issued to arrest Prajwal Revanna. The circular alerts all immigration points across India to detain the Hassan MP upon his arrival at any airport, seaport, or border checkpost. Authorities believe that Prajwal has left the country, prompting the issuance of the lookout notice.

Political Fallout

The scandal has had severe repercussions for Prajwal Revanna. He has been suspended from JD(S) over the sexual abuse allegations, and the investigation continues to unfold.

The SIT’s actions underscore the seriousness of the allegations and the need for a thorough and impartial inquiry.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is based on available news reports and official statements. The legal process is ongoing, and any conclusions should be drawn only after a fair investigation and trial.1

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