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A Chronology of the Prajwal Revanna Saga

May 30, Bengaluru Prajwal Revanna, a JD-S MP who left the country after being charged with involvement in the sex video scandal, is scheduled to return on May 31.

In a video, he said he will show up at 10 a.m. on May 31 to appear before the investigative authorities.

The grandson of former prime minister Deve Gowda, Prajwal Revanna, joined politics in 2014 and vigorously supported his candidacy in the Lok Sabha elections.

Prajwal Revanna was declared the JD-S contender for the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was able to win the election with the Congress’s backing.

In the face of fierce opposition from the local BJP unit, he was chosen as the NDA candidate for the 2024 parliamentary election.

Prajwal’s father, JD-S MLA H.D. Revanna, is harassing several women, according to BJP leader G. Devaraje Gowda, who issued a warning during negotiations over a possible coalition between his party and the JD-S for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

Devaraje Gowda sent a letter detailing the pen drive containing 2,976 sex films involving Prajwal to State President B.Y. Vijayendra and BJP National General Secretary B.L. Santhosh on December 8, 2023.

He also informed the group that Congress already had the pen drive.

The chronology is as follows:

April 19: Sex movies on pen drives were discarded in large quantities in public areas inside the Hassan, Mandya, and Bengaluru Rural Parliamentary seats. The Deve Gowda family was placed on the defensive after the purported sex recordings went viral on social media. The BJP turned out to be embarrassed by the situation as well.

A group of women’s organizations, Karnataka Rajya Mahila Dourjanya Virodhi Vedike, submitted a letter to the State Women’s Commission on videos on April 24.

April 25: The State Women’s Commission demands in writing that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) be established to look into the matter. The letter is sent to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and DGP Alok Mohan.

26 April: Prajwal Revanna casts his vote, denying the charges made against him. He discreetly departed the nation that same night.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah confirms Prajwal’s role in the affair on April 27 and announces the creation of the SIT.

SIT files a FIR against Prajwal on April 28.

April 30: The Karnataka DGP is urged to detain the accused by the National Commission for Women. In response to the pressure, Prajwal was suspended by JD-S from the party.

May 1: Prajwal makes an appearance on the social networking site X, declaring that “truth will prevail” and requesting a seven-day window of time to appear before the investigative authorities.

May 2: In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah requests that Prajawal’s diplomatic passport be revoked.

On May 3, a JD-S employee files a second formal complaint against Prajwal. The woman claims that Prajwal frequently sexually assaulted her in his workplace. She said that Prajwal had recorded the incident for extortion.

May 4: After SIT located and freed the abducted lady, Prajwal’s father, JD-S MLA H.D. Revanna, was taken into custody in connection with a kidnapping case brought by one of the victims of the sex tape scandal.

May 5: To transfer Prajwal’s case to the CBI, former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy meets with the Karnataka Governor with a team from the JD-S.

May 6: SIT establishes a victims’ hotline.

May 13: H.D. Revanna, Prajwal’s father, gets freed on bond. The same day, Prajwal Revanna receives a public call from his uncle and former chief minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, asking him to come back to India and testify before the SIT.

May 15: Prajwal Revanna’s arrest is demanded in a letter to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah by at least 107 intellectuals.

May 23: H.D. Deve Gowda, the former prime minister, sends Prajwal an open letter in which he gives a severe warning to return to India. He is also asked not to try Gowda’s patience. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke Prajwal’s passport in a second letter he addressed to him the same day.

May 27: Prajwal publishes a second video in which he declares he would answer any inquiries and appear before the authorities on May 31 at 10 a.m.

The Information Technology Act and IPC Sections 376 (2) N (rape of the same woman repeatedly), 506 (criminal intimidation), 354 (A) (1) (behaving in an unwelcome manner, explicit sexual behavior, demanding sexual favors), 354 (B) (using criminal force on woman), and 354 (C) (voyeurism, taking pictures of women in private without their consent) are among the sections under which the SIT has filed cases against Prajwal.

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