Sexual assault case: Suraj Revanna arrested, sent to judicial custody

The 36-year-old legislator is the son of Holenarasipur MLA HD Revanna and elder brother of former Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna.
Police take MLC and JDS leader Suraj Revanna for medical check-up after his arrest, in Hassan on Sunday
Police take MLC and JDS leader Suraj Revanna for medical check-up after his arrest, in Hassan on SundayPhoto | PTI

HASSAN/BENGALURU: Dr Suraj Revanna, a Member of Legislative Council (MLC) and grandson of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, was arrested by the Holenarasipur Rural police in connection with a case in which he allegedly forced a JDS male party worker into sodomy.

The JDS MLC was remanded in judicial custody after he was produced before a magistrate in Bengaluru on Sunday evening. The case has been taken over by the sleuths of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The 27-year-old victim from Arkalgud taluk had filed a complaint against the MLC for forcing him into homosexual acts at his farmhouse in Gannikada village of Holenarasipur taluk on June 16.

Based on the complaint filed on June 22, the Holenarasipur Rural police took Suraj into custody from his farmhouse on charges filed under Sections 377 (unnatural offences), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

The Hassan police, who seized Suraj’s mobile phone, questioned him at at the Cyber Economic and Narcotics (CEN) police station before taking him to the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences for mandatory medical examination.

Later, the police brought him to Bengaluru and handed him over to the CID police, as the state government had issued orders transferring the case to CID.

The 36-year-old legislator is the son of Holenarasipur MLA HD Revanna and elder brother of former Hassan MP Prajwal Revanna.

Suraj sent to B’luru Central Prison for 14 days, cops may seek custody

Suraj was produced before the magistrate of the Special Court for trial of cases against sitting and former MLAs/ MPs at the latter’s residence in Koramangala.

The judge remanded Suraj in judicial custody for 14 days, following which he was sent to the Bengaluru Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. It is said that the police may again seek his custody.

Meanwhile, the victim was subjected to medical examination at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru on Saturday night, as he had expressed his fear to the police that Suraj’s family may influence the investigation. He insisted that medical tests be conducted in Bengaluru.

Victim approached DG&IGP

The victim had approached the DG&IGP’s office in Bengaluru after the Holenarasipur police allegedly refused to register the case against Suraj.

Meanwhile, Hassan Superintendent of Police P Mohammed Sujeeta has appointed Sakleshpur Deputy Superintendent of Police Pramod to probe the case filed by Suraj’s friend Shivakumar, the treasurer of Dr Suraj Revanna Brigade, on June 21, alleging that the victim tried to blackmail the MLC.

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