Prajwal Revanna sex scandal: MP claims viral videos are 'morphed' for election manipulation

During the Lok Sabha elections of 2024, Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna lodged a complaint, asserting that the viral videos depicting sexual assault are 'morphed' with the intent to damage his reputation.

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Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna, embroiled in accusations of sexual assault involving numerous women, lodged a complaint on Sunday asserting that the viral videos depicting him are "morphed" and disseminated to "sully his reputation and sway voters' opinions" during the Lok Sabha elections of 2024.

Prajwal Revanna simultaneously filed a case against an individual named Naveen Gowda. In his legal filing, Revanna contended that the visuals were manipulated to implicate him and obtained a judicial injunction from the Principal City Civil and Sessions Court against 89 media organisations, prohibiting them from publishing any content deemed "defamatory" about him.

The lodging of the FIR followed a formal complaint submitted by Karnataka Mahila Dourjanya Virodhi Vedike to the Women’s Commission and a request for a special investigation team to investigate the scandal.

CM Siddaramaiah made an announcement regarding the matter via X (formerly Twitter), stating, "The government has resolved to establish a special investigation team to delve into Prajwal Revanna's case involving explicit video content."

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the chief minister expressed concern over the circulation of "explicit video clips" in the Hassan district that seemingly depict instances of sexual assault against women.

"In light of these developments, the Chairperson of the Women's Commission, Dr. Nagalakshmi Chowdhary, forwarded a letter urging the government to launch an SIT inquiry. This decision has been made in response to their formal request," he elaborated.

The SIT dedicated to investigating the "obscene video" case will be headed by IPS officer Vijay Kumar Singh from the CID wing. Director General CID Suman D Pennekar and IPS officer Seema Latkar are also appointed as members of the team.

The Holenarasipur police station registered the case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including Sections 354 A (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 D, 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), and 509 (a word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).