CBI issues Interpol Blue Corner Notice against Karnataka MP in sex scandal case

This notice will enable authorities in various countries to share information about Prajwal Revanna’s whereabouts, as he is currently believed to be in Germany.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued an Interpol Blue Corner notice against Karnataka Member of Parliament (MP) Prajwal Revanna. The move comes as authorities seek to track down the whereabouts of the 32-year-old politician, who is believed to have fled the country amid the investigation.

The scandal first came to light in April 2024, when a 47-year-old woman filed a police complaint alleging that she was sexually abused by both Prajwal Revanna and his father, former minister H.D. Revanna. Explicit video clips allegedly involving Prajwal Revanna had started circulating in his Hassan Lok Sabha constituency, prompting the Karnataka government to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter.

What is a Blue Corner Notice?

A Blue Corner Notice is a request issued by Interpol, the international police cooperation organization, to collect additional information from its member countries about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.

In this case, the CBI – which is the nodal body for Interpol matters in India – has issued the Blue Corner notice at the request of the SIT investigating the sex scandal case. This notice will enable authorities in various countries to share information about Prajwal Revanna’s whereabouts, as he is currently believed to be in Germany.

Fleeing the Country Amid Scandal

Prajwal Revanna, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, was the BJP-JD(S) alliance’s candidate from the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency in the recent elections. However, he is said to have flown abroad on April 27, just a day after the first phase of polling in Karnataka.

The timing of his departure has raised suspicions, with many alleging that Revanna fled the country to avoid arrest and further investigation into the sex scandal. The explicit video clips that had surfaced in his constituency are believed to have played a significant role in his electoral defeat.

BJP’s Reaction Amid 2024 Elections

The CBI’s move to issue an Interpol Blue Corner notice against Prajwal Revanna has also drawn attention from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was in alliance with Revanna’s JD(S) party for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP has maintained that the sex scandal case will not have any adverse impact on its alliance with the JD(S) in the state.

The CBI’s move to issue an Interpol Blue Corner notice against Prajwal Revanna is expected to expedite the investigation and increase the chances of his apprehension. The notice will enable law enforcement agencies in various countries to share information and coordinate their efforts to locate the absconding politician.

As the investigation continues, the public and political observers alike are closely watching the developments, eager to see if the CBI and the SIT will be able to track down Prajwal Revanna and hold him accountable for the alleged crimes.