Karnataka CM Urges PM Modi to Cancel Rape-Accused MP's Diplomatic Passport

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah demands cancellation of Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna's diplomatic passport amid sexual abuse allegations. Revanna, accused of exploiting hundreds of women, fled India using his diplomatic passport privileges without obtaining necessary clearance.

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Karnataka CM Urges PM Modi to Cancel Rape-Accused MP's Diplomatic Passport

Karnataka CM Urges PM Modi to Cancel Rape-Accused MP's Diplomatic Passport

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take swift action in canceling the diplomatic passport of Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is currently facing allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. Revanna, the grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, has been accused of exploiting hundreds of women, with nearly 3,000 video clips allegedly depicting his misconduct.

Why this matters: The case highlights the need for accountability among politicians and the importance of taking allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, especially when those in power are involved. The case highlights the need for accountability among politicians and the importance of taking allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, especially when those in power are involved. It also raises questions about the role of political alliances and party loyalty in protecting accused individuals, which can have far-reaching consequences for the political environment and public trust.

The 33-year-old MP from Hassan constituency fled India on April 26 and is believed to be in Munich, Germany. Revanna utilized his diplomatic passport privileges to leave the country without obtaining the necessary political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). MEA spokesman Randhir Jaiswal confirmed, "No political clearance was either sought from or issued by the MEA to Prajwal to travel to Germany." He further added, "The ministry has also not issued any visa note for any other country to him."

In a statement made in Bagalkot on Friday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah criticized the Union government for allegedly "protecting" Revanna. He asserted, "The Union government has said that he has fled the country using privileges under diplomatic passport. That is why, I have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get his diplomatic passport cancelled." Siddaramaiah assured that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to investigate the case will trace and apprehend Revanna from wherever he is.

The allegations against Revanna have sparked a political slugfest between the ruling Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in alliance with Revanna's JD(S). Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demanded an apology from Prime Minister Modi for soliciting votes for Revanna, who Gandhi alleged had raped 400 women and made videos. At an election rally in Shivamogga, Gandhi stated, "The PM should also apologise to the mothers and sisters of India. Prajwal Revanna rapes 400 women and makes videos. This is not a sex scandal but mass rape."

The BJP denies any knowledge of the alleged videos before giving Revanna a ticket to contest the elections. However, the Congress counters that the BJP was informed about Revanna's conduct and yet allowed him to run. The issue has drawn parallels with other cases of sexual harassment involving politicians, including the Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh case.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lashed out at Siddaramaiah for accusing him and his father, HD Deve Gowda, of consulting lawyers to protect Revanna. Kumaraswamy claimed that his 90-year-old parents are in "pain" as a result of the allegations against their grandson. He challenged Siddaramaiah to produce video recordings to support his claim, saying,"Get video recordings from media persons stationed in front of our houses and see Mr Siddaramaiah as to which lawyer came to our house and how we discussed saving the accused."

The SIT has filed a rape case against Revanna under IPC sections 376(2)(N), 506, 354A(1)(ii), 354(B), 354(C), and the IT Act. A lookout circular has been issued against him at all immigration centers around the world. Revanna's father, former Minister HD Revanna, has been named in the first charge and has approached a special court seeking anticipatory bail.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara appealed to other victims to come forward and make statements before the SIT. He assured, "The government will not protect the accused and the investigation will be conducted on the basis of evidence collected through the fact findings." The JD(S) has suspended Revanna from the party following the controversy.

The case against Prajwal Revanna has brought the issue of sexual harassment by politicians to the forefront once again. The Karnataka government's swift action in forming an SIT and the Chief Minister's demand for the cancellation of Revanna's diplomatic passport demonstrate the severity of the allegations. The political repercussions are likely to significantly impact the ongoing elections in Karnataka and the future state of political alliances.

Key Takeaways

  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah demands PM Modi cancel JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna's diplomatic passport amid sexual abuse allegations.
  • Revanna, accused of exploiting hundreds of women, fled India on April 26 and is believed to be in Munich, Germany.
  • No political clearance was sought or issued by the MEA for Revanna's travel to Germany.
  • A rape case has been filed against Revanna, and a lookout circular has been issued at all immigration centers worldwide.
  • The JD(S) has suspended Revanna from the party, and the Karnataka government has formed an SIT to investigate the case.