'He did not take the first step…' Jaishankar slammed the Karnataka government in the Prajwal Revanna passport case

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday denied allegations of protecting Janata Dal Secular MP Prajwal Revanna. The External Affairs Minister revealed that the Ministry of External Affairs had received a request from the Karnataka government to seize Revanna's passport on May 21 itself. The process of seizing a passport is done under a law called the Passport Act. The External Affairs Minister said that to do this we need a request from a judicial court or the police. The Ministry of External Affairs received this request from Karnataka on May 21 itself. The External Affairs Minister said that they (Karnataka government) did not take the first step.

We took immediate action: Jaishankar

We acted on it immediately. On May 23… after that we have to follow a certain procedure and the process will start,” the foreign minister said. Asked about the Congress government's allegations against the BJP about protecting Revanna, Jaishankar said, “They did not even take the first step.” I mean, this is not the first case where passports are being seized. The disclosure came a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requested immediate cancellation of JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna's diplomatic passport, along with concerted efforts to ensure his return to India.

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The 33-year-old grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda is the NDA candidate from Hassan Lok Sabha constituency. Revanna has been accused of sexual misconduct with several women. The FIR lodged against Prajwal Revanna includes serious allegations like rape, sexual harassment, stripping women. Along with this, there is also an allegation of forcibly videography of sexual acts to intimidate the victims. Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, Siddaramaiah stressed the need for decisive action by the central government to ensure the cooperation of the accused in legal proceedings.

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Former Prime Minister warned his grandson

It is being told that Prajwal had gone to Germany on 27 April, a day after Hassan voted. Revanna is still absconding. Interpol has also issued a Blue Corner Notice against Revanna. It has sought information about his whereabouts. On Thursday, former Prime Minister and JDS patron HD Devegowda also issued a warning to his grandson Prajwal Revanna to return to India and submit himself to the legal process.

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