What is stopping govt from cancelling Revanna's diplomatic passport, asks Jairam

"How and why was he (Prajwal Revanna) allowed to flee the country like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi?" the Congress leader asked

Prajwal's father H.D. Revanna (left) with PM Narendra Modi (photo: @Jairam_Ramesh/X)
Prajwal's father H.D. Revanna (left) with PM Narendra Modi (photo: @Jairam_Ramesh/X)


Congress MP and general-secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh on Saturday asked the government what is stopping it from cancelling the diplomatic passport of suspended JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, the prime accused in multiple cases of sexual assault.

The 33-year-old Hassan MP reportedly flew to Germany soon after Karnataka State Commission for Women chairperson Nagalakshmi Chowdhary wrote to chief minister Siddaramaiah to order a probe into the allegations against Revanna, following the appearance of scores of explicit viral videos and images on social media.

In a post on X, Ramesh questioned how Prajwal was allowed to escape. "What is stopping the PM from having the diplomatic passport to Prajwal Revanna cancelled? How and why was he allowed to flee the country like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi were?" the Congress leader asked.

Prajwal, the grandson of Janata Dal (Secular) patriarch and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, has been accused of sexual assault after several videos allegedly featuring him with multiple women surfaced.

He is the NDA candidate from the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls on 26 April. The JD(S) had formed an alliance with the BJP in 2023.

On Friday, one more rape case was registered against Prajwal, taking the number of cases pertaining to the alleged sexual assault of several women to three, police sources said.

The FIR was registered against Prajwal on 8 May in Bengaluru, according to sources in the special investigation team which was constituted for a probe after a huge cache of explicit videos allegedly showing the Hassan MP sexually abusing several women became public.

The first FIR pertains to molestation of his cook in Holenarasipura in Hassan. Prajwal's father and Holenarasipura MLA H.D. Revanna is also an accused in the case. The second case pertains to raping a JD(S) worker at gunpoint.

H D Revanna is currently lodged in the Central Jail at Parappara Agrahara in Bengaluru under judicial custody after a 20-year-old youth alleged that Revanna and his aide kidnapped his mother. The youth said his mother had figured in one of the videos where she was allegedly tied up and raped by Prajwal.

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) on 2 May said Prajwal travelled to Germany on a diplomatic passport and did not seek political clearance for the trip. A Blue Corner notice of the Interpol seeking information on his whereabouts has also been issued against the Hassan MP.

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