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Karnataka: Prajwal Revanna's Brother Suraj Arrested Over Alleged Sexual Assault Case

Kuldeep Negi

Jun 23, 2024, 09:49 AM | Updated 09:49 AM IST

JDS Leader Suraj Revanna
JDS Leader Suraj Revanna

Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Suraj Revanna, the brother of Prajwal Revanna who is currently embroiled in multiple sex crime allegations, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a male party worker.

The arrest follows a complaint lodged by a 27-year-old party worker who accused Suraj Revanna of sexually assaulting him at a farmhouse in Hassan district on 16 June.

Suraj Revanna has denied the allegations, alleging that the man filed a false complaint against him after he refused to pay him Rs 5 crore.

Suraj Revanna's friend, Shivkumar, has yesterday filed a police complaint , alleging that the JD(S) worker had approached him earlier this month and demanded Rs 5 crore, threatening that he would file a sexual abuse case against Suraj Revanna if his demands were not met, NDTV reported.

Shivkumar said that the man had first approached him to help him find a job.

Shivkumar gave him Suraj Revanna's number and asked him to contact Suraj. But he started blackmailing Shivkumar and Suraj after he failed to get the job, the complaint said.

This development comes days after the arrest of Suraj's brother, Prajwal Revanna, a former JD(S) MP, who is also facing allegations of sexual abuse.

Prajwal Revanna was sent to judicial custody after explicit videos purportedly involving him were circulated in Hassan ahead of the Lok Sabha polls on 26 April.

The JD(S) has suspended Prajwal from the party following the allegations.

The BJP has distanced itself from the controversy, with state unit boss S Prakash stating, "We, as a party, have nothing to do with the videos and neither do we have any comments to make..."

Additionally, a police case has been filed against Suraj and Prajwal's father, H D Revanna, a former MLA and Public Works Department Minister, for allegedly kidnapping a woman who claimed she had been raped by both men.

H D Revanna was granted bail in the kidnapping case on 14 May and in the sexual assault case after that.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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