K’taka HC grants interim bail to Bhavani Revanna

Bengaluru, June 7 (UNI) The Karnataka High Court Friday granted interim anticipatory bail to Bhavani Revanna, the mother of suspended Janata Dal (Secular) leader Prajwal Revanna, in a case related to allegations of kidnapping linked to sexual abuse accusations against her son.

The High Court’s decision comes in response to an arrest warrant issued against Bhavani by an Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM). The court has directed the police to refrain from arresting or detaining her, providing interim relief.

However, Justice Krishna S Dixit cautioned against celebrating the bail, imposing conditions to ensure cooperation with the ongoing investigation.

Under the conditions set forth by the court, Bhavani must cooperate fully with the investigation and appear before the investigating officer at 1 pm Friday. Additionally, she has been instructed not to enter specific areas where the alleged kidnapping occurred.

The allegations against Bhavani stem from accusations of involvement in the kidnapping of a woman who was reportedly sexually assaulted by her son, Prajwal. He himself is currently under arrest in connection with allegations of sexual assault on multiple women and the recording of such assaults.

The case gained widespread attention last month when over 2,900 videos depicting the assaults surfaced on pen drives left in public places across Karnataka.

Amid the ensuing political turmoil, Prajwal left for Germany but was arrested upon his return to India on May 31. The SIT custody of Prajwal has been extended until June 10.

Notably, both of Prajwal’s parents are facing allegations related to the kidnapping of the woman assaulted by their son.

The Special Public Prosecutor representing the SIT has asserted that Bhavani was the mastermind behind the kidnapping plot, a claim the court has taken into consideration in granting anticipatory bail.

The case is set to be heard again next week.

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