Sexual Abuse Case: Bengaluru Court Remands Suraj Revanna to CID Custody till July 1

Suraj Revanna

A Bengaluru Court on Monday remanded JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna, arrested in connection with an alleged case of sexual abuse of a man, to the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) until July 1.

On Sunday night, the CID produced him before the 42nd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court (ACMM) judge, who initially remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days. Upon receiving the case file, the CID approached the court on Monday to request his custody for further investigation.

Suraj was booked on Saturday at Holenarasipura Rural Police Station in Hassan district for allegedly sexually abusing a party worker a few days prior. He faces charges under various sections of the IPC, including “unnatural offences.” Suraj was questioned at the CEN police station in Hassan overnight before his arrest. Sources mentioned that he was later taken to Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) for a medical examination.

A 27-year-old man reported to the police that Suraj Revanna, the eldest son of Holenarasipura MLA H D Revanna, sexually abused him at his farmhouse in Ghannikada on June 16. Based on the complaint, the Holenarasipura police registered a case against the JD(S) MLC under IPC sections 377 (unnatural offences), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 506 (criminal intimidation) late on Saturday evening.

However, Suraj Revanna (37), grandson of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and nephew of Union Minister H D Kumaraswamy, has categorically denied the charges. Suraj alleged that the man had filed a “false complaint” in an attempt to extort Rs 5 crore from him.

On Friday, the police filed a case of extortion against the JD(S) worker based on a complaint by Suraj Revanna’s close aide, Shivakumar. Shivakumar alleged that the party worker was trying to extort money from Suraj Revanna by threatening to lodge a false case of sexual abuse against him. It was alleged that while the man initially demanded Rs 5 crore from Suraj Revanna, the amount was later reduced to Rs 2 crore.

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