No objection to action against Prajwal, but case has been 'created' against H D Revanna: Deve Gowda

"We have no objection to action being taken against Prajwal but with regard to H D Revanna, the people of the state have already realised how the case has been created," he said.
JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda
JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda(File | EPS)

BENGALURU: Breaking his silence on the sexual abuse charges against his grandson Prajwal Revanna, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Saturday clarified that he had no objection if a case was initiated against the Hassan MP. However, he alleged that the ruling Congress government has 'created' a case against his son H D Revanna.

Prajwal had fled the country after casting his vote in Hassan on April 26 following which the Karnataka government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT). An Interpol blue corner notice has been issued against Prajwal who is believed to be in Germany but he is yet to be traced.

Meanwhile, the SIT arrested Revanna at Deve Gowda's house on May 4 over the alleged kidnap of a woman victim of Prajwal. Revanna got bail and was released from jail but he was charged in another case and the hearing will be held on Monday.

JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had not stepped out of his Padmanabha Nagara residence since the scandal broke and did not campaign in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka. On Saturday, when he turned 91, he visited a temple as he does on his birthday every year and chose to speak to the media on the occasion.

"We have no objection to action being taken against Prajwal but with regard to H D Revanna, the people of the state have already realised how the case has been created. In one case he got bail from the court and in another the judgement is expected the day after tomorrow and I will not analyse how even that case has been created," he said.

He added that he will not comment further on the issue as his son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has already spoken elaborately on behalf of the family. "I will not take the names of those who got involved but action should be taken against all of them as per the law of the land as it is the government's responsibility. The women victims' interests should be safeguarded," he said.

Deve Gowda said his detractors were trying to tarnish the image of his family by using the issue. Asked about BJP leader and lawyer Devaraje Gowda's allegation that the Deputy CM and KPCC president D K Shivakumar was involved in the case, Deve Gowda clarified that Kumaraswamy has been tackling all these issues.

The former Prime Minister also took exception to the media camping outside his house for a month for his take on the issue.

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