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Karnataka BJP leader arrested in sexual assault case

Bharatiya Janata Party leader G Devaraje Gowda was arrested on Friday night by the police in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district in connection with a sexual assault case.

On 1 April, a complaint was filed against Gowda at the Holenarsipur town in Hassan district by a woman who alleged that he had sexually assaulted her after assuring her of help in a legal matter. The police had subsequently issued the Hindu nationalist politician a notice.

Before the woman’s complaint, however, Gowda had registered a complaint with the Hebbal Police in Bengaluru against three persons in Holenarsipur alleging that he had been honey-trapped.

Gowda is a lawyer by profession.

The BJP had fielded him from Holenarsipur in the 2023 Assembly elections in the state.

Interestingly, Gowda had earlier claimed that he was in possession of many videos showing the purported sexual abuse against several women by Hassan MP and Janata Dal (Secular) leader Prajwal Revanna. He had written to BJP state president BY Vijayendra on December 8 cautioning the party against fielding Prajwal Revanna in the polls, according to The News Minute.

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