Prajwal Revanna travelled to Germany on diplomatic passport, no political clearance sought or issued: MEA

Prajwal Revanna travelled to Germany on diplomatic passport, no political clearance sought or issued: MEA

Janata Dal (Secular) leader Prajwal Revanna, who is at the centre of a sexual abuse case, travelled to Germany on a diplomatic passport, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed on Thursday, and added that no political clearance was either sought from or issued by the MEA with respect to his travel to the country.

Addressing a press briefing, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated that the Ministry has not issued any visa note for any other country for the MP.

“No political clearance was either sought from or issued by MEA in respect of the travel of the said MP to Germany. Obviously, no visa note was issued either. No visa is required for diplomatic passport holders to travel to Germany. The Ministry has also not issued any visa note for any other country for the said MP…Yes, he travelled on a diplomatic passport,” he said.

The clarification comes a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday, urging the Centre to cancel the diplomatic passport of Prajwal, and ensure his return by making use of diplomatic and police channels.

The letter came even as Prajwal, the grandson of JD(S) founder and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, sought seven days to appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the allegations of sexual abuse against him. It also came on a day the SIT issued notices to the 33-year-old leader and his father H D Revanna, who are named as accused based on the complaint of one of the women.

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Meanwhile, the SIT probing the allegations of sexual abuse against Prajwal has issued a lookout circular after he failed to appear before it officials following a notice of appearance served on Tuesday.

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