Siddaramaiah challenges MEA for delay in passport impoundment

Bengaluru, May 26 (UNI) A day after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar stated that the request to impound the diplomatic passport of Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna was received only on May 21.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah refuted the claim, asserting that he had written to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) 15 days earlier.

Prajwal, the NDA candidate from the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, is under investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the state government over allegations of sexual harassment. Prajwal fled to Germany on April 27.

Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah expressed frustration over the lack of response from the MEA. “If there was a delay in sending the request, why hasn’t the ministry acted on it yet?” he questioned.

Siddaramaiah urged the central government to expedite the process of impounding Prajwal’s diplomatic passport and visa to facilitate his return to India for the investigation. He also criticised the state JDS president and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for comparing the situation with the death of his son, Rakesh, calling such statements a sign of desperation.

Additionally, Siddaramaiah responded to Kumaraswamy’s claims about the contents of a pen drive containing obscene videos, which has become a controversial topic. He clarified that while he does not condone the circulation of such material, Kumaraswamy’s assertion that this act is more heinous than rape is illogical and without legal basis.

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