‘We will not tolerate any crime against women’: Union minister Karandlaje on JD(S) leader HD Revanna’s arrest

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KALABURAGI : Reacting to the arrrest of JD(S) MLA HD Revanna, Union Minister and BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje on Sunday said that the crimes agaist women will not be tolerated.

She said this while holding a door to door campaign for Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency BJP candidate Umesh Jadhav here.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Revanna was taken into custody by Special Investigation Team (SIT) officials on Saturday in connection with a kidnapping case registered by the KR Nagar police in Mysuru involving the survivor of a sexual assault allegedly by his son, Hassan JD(S) MP, Prajwal Revanna, who remained at large.

“SIT has been formed. He (HD Revanna) has been arrested. Case will go to the court. Law and order is a state issue. Law will take its own course. The case will go further because we will not tolerate any crime against women,” Karandlaje, who is also the BJP candidate from Bengaluru North Lok Sabha seat, said.

She said that people in North Karnataka are striving to bring back Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power for the third time.

“Today we are holding a Maha sampark Abhiyan. In North Karnataka I am visiting every districts. There is a very favourable atmosphere. Today and tomorrow we are conducting this campaign and visiting every homes. People are saying we will vote for Dr Umesh Jadhav. In the North Karnataka people are striving to bring back PM Modi to power for the third time,” she further added.

Earlier, a special court for the People’s Representative in Bengaluru rejected the interim bail application of JD(S) leader HD Revanna and JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna in connection with the alleged “obscene videos” case.

HD Revanna has been booked on a charge of kidnapping in connection with the ‘obscene video’ case.

The action was taken based on a complaint lodged by the son of a woman who was allegedly “abducted and sexually abused.
In his complaint filed with KR Nagar police in Mysuru, the man said his mother worked as a housemaid at HD Revanna’s home for six years before returning to her village, where she worked as a daily wage labourer.

The man later discovered a video allegedly depicting the sexual abuse of his mother by incumbent MP and Hassan Lok Sabha candidate Prajwal Revanna.

He said that soon after the video was revealed, his mother went missing. He then filed a kidnapping complaint against HD Revanna and his associate Babanna.

The Holenarsipura MLA and his associate were booked under Sections 364A (kidnapping for ransom), 365 (kidnapping with intent to cause harm), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

The FIR, registered by KR Nagar police, also lists HD Revanna as accused number one and another man, identified as Babanna, as accused number two.

HD Revanna and his son, Prajwal Revanna, who is the sitting MP and candidate from Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, are facing a probe by a Special Investigative Team (SIT), constituted by the Karnataka government, over allegations of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation following a complaint by a woman who worked in their household.

Karnataka has 28 Lok Sabha seats and elections in the state are being held in two phases. Voting for 14 seats concluded on April 26 and the remaining 14 seats will undergo polling on May 7. The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4.

In 2019, BJP almost swept the state by winning 25 out of 28 seats, while Congress and JD-S — who were running a coalition government in the state — could only win one seat each.

This time BJP and JD-S are in coalition with the former fighting on 25 seats, while the latter is contesting on three seats. (ANI)

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