Prajwal sent to police custody till June 6

Escorted by women police officers, Prajwal was taken to the SIT office on the CID premises in the city.
SIT officers accompany Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to Bowring Hospital for a medical examination in Bengaluru on Friday
SIT officers accompany Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna to Bowring Hospital for a medical examination in Bengaluru on Friday Photo| Nagaraja Gadekal

BENGALURU: Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna, who is facing sexual abuse cases, was on Friday remanded in police custody till June 6 in a case registered against him at the Holenarasipur Town police station.

The 33-year-old MP, who was absconding for 34 days, was taken into custody by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) as soon as he landed at the Kempegowda International Airport.

Escorted by women police officers, Prajwal was taken to the SIT office on the CID premises in the city. He was subjected to medical tests in the afternoon before he was produced at the 42nd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court.

The prosecution appealed to the court to grant his custody for 15 days, while advocates representing Prajwal argued that he had surrendered and was cooperating with the SIT.

Hence, there was no need to remand him in police custody for 15 days.

Earlier, while he was being brought to the SIT office from the airport, Prajwal is said to have asked for his phone to talk to his advocates. But the police officers refused to give it. The SIT officers also took his two trolley bags into their custody. It is learnt that the SIT officers had a tough time questioning Prajwal as he did not cooperate with them. However, Prajwal’s counsel Arun Kumar, who met him at the SIT office, told reporters that the MP responded to the questions.

Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara told reporters that Prajwal landed at the airport between 12.40 am and 12.50 am from Munich. “As there was an arrest warrant against him, the SIT took him into custody at the airport. Prajwal was later arrested after completing the legal formalities. Since he has a diplomatic passport, things moved easily at the airport,” he said.

Asked if the state government will appeal to more victims to come forward, Dr Parameshwara said, “We have already stated that those who have faced trouble from him should come forward and file complaints. We will provide them protection.” On reports that Prajwal had destroyed evidence in his phone, the home minister said he was not aware of it. He hadn’t heard anything about it from SIT, he added. Dr Parameshwara said if Prajwal was in the country, a police team could have been sent to secure him. But as he was abroad, there were certain procedures to be followed.

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