Updated May 31st, 2024 at 01:32 IST

Karnataka Sex Tape Scandal: How Prajwal Revanna’s Arrest Will Unfold

Prajwal Revanna, accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, is expected to return to India from Germany at 12:30 AM on May 31.

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Prajwal Revanna is accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. | Image:Republic Digital
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Bengaluru: Amid high-voltage drama surrounding the Karnataka sex tape scandal, suspended JDS leader Prajwal Revanna, who is accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, is expected to return to India from Germany at 12:30 AM on May 31. He left India on April 27, a day after voting for the Lok Sabha elections took place in his constituency.

With Prajwal Revanna likely to be arrested on the intervening night of May 30 and 31, here is how the process of arrest will unfold:

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  • The immigration commissioner is expected to arrive at the airport around 11.45 PM on Thursday. Additionally, Prajwal's lawyer Arun is also expected to arrive at the airport to assist the now-suspended JDS leader with completion of immigration formalities.
  • The officials from the immigration department at the Kempegowda International Airport will take custody of Prajwal Revanna as soon as he lands in Bengaluru.
  • The tainted JDS leader will then be made to sign over 50 sheets of documents relating to his travel and his past whereabouts. Prajwal's legal aid Arun will likely advise him on the documents to be signed.
  • The officials will subsequently hand over Prajwal Revanna to the investigating agencies subject to completion of all due formalities. The entire process of clearance for Prajwal's exit from the airport is expected to last for over an hour.
  • Prajwal Revanna, upon receiving an immigration clearance, will then be moved from the VVIP exit at the Terminal 2 of the airport towards the CID office.
  • The Immigration commissioner has been entrusted to handover all set of documents to Prajwal's lawyers and the SIT probing the case.
  • Notably, the team of SIT officials will be allowed to interrogate Prajwal Revanna only after the immigration department completes its formalities.

Prajwal Revanna Has Time Till June 2 to Respond to Show-Cause Notice: MEA

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that Prajwal Revanna has time till June 2 to respond to a show-cause notice served to him for revocation of his diplomatic passport following which appropriate action will be taken.

The MEA had served a show-cause notice to Revanna on May 23 asking why his diplomatic passport should not be cancelled as sought by the Karnataka government in view of allegations of sexual abuse against him.

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"We received a request from the Karnataka government on May 21. On May 23, as per the Indian Passport Act, we initiated action for cancellation of (diplomatic) passport of member of Parliament Prajwal Revanna," MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on Thursday.

"On May 23, we issued a show-cause notice to him. He has to respond to the notice within 10 days. We are waiting for his response. Accordingly, we will take things forward once we hear from him or when the 10-day period expires," Jaiswal said during weekly media briefing.

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The MEA has begun the process to revoke Prajwal's passport after receiving a letter from the Karnataka government.

Karnataka Sleazegate: How Did The Sex Tape Scandal Unfold?

Prajwal, the grandson of former prime minister and JDS Supremo HD Deve Gowda, is at the centre of a mass sexual abuse case. He left India on April 27, a day after voting for the Lok Sabha elections took place in his constituency.

Prajwal's father HD Revanna, a former Karnataka minister, was also booked on charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation. He is currently out on bail. 

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Last week, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote a second letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take "prompt and necessary" actions to cancel Prajwal's diplomatic passport.

The chief minister had sent a similar letter to the prime minister on May 1.

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The SIT set up by the Karnataka government to probe the sexual abuse charges against Prajwal wrote to the MEA to cancel his diplomatic passport after an arrest warrant was issued against him by a local court.

A 'Blue Corner Notice' seeking information on Revanna's whereabouts has already been issued by the Interpol following a request by the SIT.

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Earlier this month, Jaiswal said Prajwal travelled to Germany on a diplomatic passport and he did not seek political clearance for the trip.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published May 30th, 2024 at 19:35 IST