Prajwal Revanna Sex Abuse Case: MEA issues show cause notice to JD(S) MP, say reports

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a show cause notice to Prajwal Revanna on Friday. EAM S Jaishankar confirmed that the MEA received a request to impound Prajwal Revanna's passport on May 21.

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Updated24 May 2024, 06:25 PM IST
Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna. (File Photo)
Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna. (File Photo)

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday issued a show cause notice to JD(S) Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna, said reports.

Prajwal Revanna is facing a probe in connection with a sexual harassment case.

MEA is processing the Karnataka government's request to cancel Prajwal's diplomatic passport, reported PTI quoting officials.

Also Read: Deve Gowda warns grandson Prajwal Revanna in sexual assault case: 'Surrender or face my anger’

The JD(S) Hassan MP fled to Germany on April 27, soon after the Karnataka government formed a Special Investigative Team (SIT) to probe the allegations.

Meanwhile, speaking to ANI, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar disclosed that the MEA received a request only on May 21 to impound the passport of Janata Dal Secular MP Prajwal Revanna.

Also Read: Prajwal Revanna sexual abuse case: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah writes to PM Modi to cancel Hassan MP's diplomatic passport

"To impound a passport is governed by an act called the Passport Act. We need a judicial court or a police request to do so. The MEA got this request from Karnataka only on May 21," Jaishankar said.

If the passport is cancelled, then Prajwal's stay abroad will be illegal and he may face legal action by concerned authorities in the country he is staying, PTI reported quoting a person familiar with the matter.

On May 23, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel the diplomatic passport of Prajwal.

On Thursday, JDS supremo and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda issued a stern warning to his grandson Revanna to return to India and face the law in the obscene video case.

Also Read: Prajwal Revanna sex abuse case: ‘Should play active role in trying to get justice for women,' Congress tells Centre

In a letter posted on X, the former PM says he is not aware of where his grandson is but has warned him to return home and face the law.

"I have already said that he should be given the harshest punishment under the law if found guilty. I also cannot convince people that I was unaware of Prajwal's activities. I cannot convince them that I have no desire to shield him. I cannot convince them that I am not aware of his movements and that I was not aware of his foreign trip. I believe in answering my conscience. I believe in God, and I know the almighty knows the truth," the former PM wrote.

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First Published:24 May 2024, 06:25 PM IST
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