Prajul Ravana rape case: Siddaramaiah refuses to hand over probe to CBI despite BJP demand


update – 12 May 2024 10:40 pm IST

Published – May 12, 2024 10:14 pm IST – Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday rejected a fresh call for the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations of sexual harassment leveled against opposition BJP MP Hasan and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Prajul Revana. Outright rejected. Instead, he reiterated his faith in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police, which is currently handling the case.

Asking the BJP why it did not have confidence in the state police, the CM accused the opposition party of issuing “misleading” statements aimed at creating confusion in people's minds about the SIT. to produce, which he said was “fairly vetting”.

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'Confidence in State Police'

“We are not interfering in the functioning of the police. The police have been given complete independence. We have faith and trust in our police. They are efficient,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

Noting that the BJP had once termed the central agency as a 'corruption bureau of investigation', the CM pointed out that despite repeated demands from the Congress, the party had never launched a single probe while in power in the state. The case was not handed over to the CBI. .

Defending the SIT probe, Mr. Siddaramaiah said, “It's not that I don't trust the CBI. When I was the first Chief Minister, I had handed over seven cases to the CBI, but not even one was convicted.

'SIT investigation biased'

Earlier in the day, BJP leaders – including former Chief Minister Biswaraj Bomai and Leader of Opposition R Ashok – made a fresh pitch for a CBI probe, alleging that the SIT probe lacked proper direction. Is. Claiming that the probe was not impartial, he accused the SIT of arresting the complainants instead of the accused.

Responding to a question from reporters on the arrest of BJP leader Devaraj Gowda, who was allegedly behind the circulation of videos recording sexual assault by Mr. Ravana, the Chief Minister said, “BJP's work Making false accusations”.

Asked about Union Minister Prahlad Joshi's statement accusing the Congress government of a 'witch hunt' against BJP workers, Mr. Siddaramaiah noted that Mr. Joshi is a Union Minister and he has the responsibility to Should talk. He said that BJP leaders are experts in telling lies, they only make false allegations.

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