Bengaluru court extends Prajwal’s custody

Bengaluru, June 6 (UNI) A Bengaluru court on Thursday extended the Special Investigation Team (SIT) custody of former JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna til June 10. The suspended JDS leader faces serious charges of rape and sexual abuse involving multiple women.

The extension comes after the court acknowledged the necessity for further investigation. The SIT had requested additional time to collect more evidence and conduct a thorough interrogation of Revanna, who was first remanded to SIT custody on May 31.

Prajwal, 33, a grandson of JDS patriarch and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, was unsuccessful in his bid to retain the Hassan Lok Sabha seat in the recent elections. He was arrested by SIT officials on May 31 immediately after landing at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport from Germany.

Prajwal had left for Germany on April 27, just a day after Hassan went to the polls. The Interpol had issued a ‘Blue Corner Notice’ for information on his whereabouts following a request by the SIT through the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Prajwal is embroiled in three cases of sexual assault and faces rape charges. The allegations of sexual abuse surfaced when pen drives containing explicit videos allegedly involving him were politicised after the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka on April 26.

The SIT continues to investigate the extent of the accusations, working to ensure all evidence is gathered and the accused is thoroughly interrogated.

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