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CM Ibrahim resigns as JDS state president

CM Ibrahim has resigned from the post of JD(S) state president due to the party’s setback in the state assembly elections.

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Bengaluru: CM Ibrahim has resigned from the post of JD(S) state president due to the party’s setback in the state assembly elections.

JDS National President and former Prime Minister H.D. The resignation letter submitted to Devegowda has not been accepted by Devegowda yet.

Speaking after resigning, CM Ibrahim said, ‘I will bear the responsibility for the defeat of the JDS party in the assembly elections. Therefore, I have resigned. A new government has come into existence. Good luck to them. There was a wave of anti-BJP rule in the state. It has been won by the Congress on various issues including money. We are a regional party. No money. We had no support. However, we got 60 lakh votes, he said.

We will start work together for Lok Sabha elections, Zilla Panchayat, Taluk Panchayat elections. All the best to the new Chief Minister. May the promise be fulfilled. Give time for 3 months. 3 months is the honeymoon period. CM Ibrahim said that the power machinery should start soon.

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Bengaluru Court Sends JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna to SIT Custody Until June 6

Bengaluru court remands JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna to SIT’s custody until June 6 over rape and sexual harassment allegations in Hassan sex abuse case.

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On Friday, a Bengaluru court remanded JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna to the custody of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) until June 6, in connection with the Hassan sex abuse case. The lawmaker, accused of raping at least two women, including a former maid in her 60s, and sexually harassing another woman, was presented before the 42nd Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM).

Prajwal Revanna was arrested by SIT officials shortly after his arrival at Bengaluru‘s Kempegowda International Airport from Munich, Germany, at 12:53 am on Friday. He had reportedly fled abroad following the surfacing of sleaze videos during the April 26 Lok Sabha elections in southern Karnataka.

After spending the night in a holding cell at the SIT office located at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Bengaluru, Prajwal underwent a medical checkup at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Shivajinagar. Subsequently, he was produced before the magistrate.

Special Public Prosecutor Ashok Naik, representing the SIT, requested 14 days of police custody for Prajwal. However, Prajwal’s advocate, Arun G, argued that the initial FIR filed against his client did not mention rape charges until May 5 and opposed the extended police custody. Naik countered by stating that there were “several pieces of evidence” against Prajwal and reiterated the demand for police custody. In response, Arun suggested that one day of police custody would suffice for interrogation, urging the court not to remand Prajwal for more than a day.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Shivakumar reserved the order. Following an hour-long break, the judge remanded Prajwal in police custody until June 6. The SIT, as sources indicated, plans to begin the investigation process as early as Saturday, including conducting a spot mahazar (recreation of the crime scene) and potentially a potency test on Prajwal.

On Friday morning, before Prajwal was taken for his medical examination, his counsel Arun visited him at the SIT office. Addressing the media, Arun stated that Prajwal was fully cooperating with the SIT and appealed for no media trial, emphasizing Prajwal’s request for a fair hearing without prejudgment. Arun urged the media, both English and Kannada, to respect Prajwal’s legal rights while carrying out their duties.

According to Arun, the SIT had shown Prajwal’s arrest in the first case of sexual harassment, registered on April 28 at the Holenarasipura Town police station. This case also implicates Prajwal’s father, Holenarasipura MLA HD Revanna, as the first accused. Both are charged with sexually harassing a 47-year-old former house help.

The allegations against Prajwal Revanna have sparked significant attention, given his political standing and the serious nature of the charges. The Hassan sex abuse case has emerged as a high-profile investigation, with the SIT under pressure to conduct a thorough and impartial probe. The upcoming days will be crucial as the SIT delves deeper into the allegations and evidence surrounding Prajwal Revanna and his alleged victims.

The legal proceedings against Prajwal will be closely watched, not just for their outcome, but also for the broader implications they may have on addressing sexual harassment and abuse within political spheres. As the SIT continues its investigation, the case underscores the importance of upholding justice and the rule of law, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their status, are held accountable for their actions.

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HD Deve Gowda Warns Grandson Prajwal Revanna to Return Amid SIT Investigation

Former PM HD Deve Gowda demands his grandson, MP Prajwal Revanna, wanted by SIT over sexual abuse charges, return from abroad to face justice.

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Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda issued a stern warning to his grandson, Hassan JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, who is wanted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) over sexual abuse charges, to return from abroad immediately. The warning was delivered through a letter posted on X, wherein Gowda emphasized the importance of regaining public trust, which has supported him for over six decades.

Prajwal Revanna left for Germany on April 26 after voting in the Lok Sabha polls. Following the sexual abuse charges against him, Karnataka’s political landscape was shaken, prompting the state government to establish the SIT and secure an Interpol blue corner alert to track him down.

Gowda’s public reprimand came after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel Prajwal’s diplomatic passport. Days earlier, former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Prajwal’s uncle, expressed ignorance about his nephew’s whereabouts and appealed for his return through the media.

On his 91st birthday on May 18, Gowda broke his silence, expressing no objection to legal action against Prajwal. He alleged that the Congress government fabricated cases against his son, HD Revanna, Prajwal’s father, who serves as Holenarasipura MLA. Revanna faced arrest over the alleged kidnapping of Prajwal’s victim but was released on bail.

In his letter, Gowda recounted the emotional turmoil caused by the allegations against Prajwal. He described his shock and pain, stating that he supported the harshest legal penalties if Prajwal is found guilty. He acknowledged the severe criticism directed at his family and refrained from countering the public’s harsh words, asserting his commitment to truth and conscience.

Gowda insisted he had no prior knowledge of Prajwal’s activities or his foreign trip, emphasizing his faith in divine justice. He avoided commenting on political conspiracies or falsehoods, trusting that those responsible would eventually face divine retribution.

Gowda concluded his letter with a definitive warning: Prajwal must return and submit to the legal process. This was not a mere appeal but a direct order, with severe familial and legal consequences for non-compliance. Gowda stressed that neither he nor his family would interfere with the investigation, underscoring the paramount importance of justice for the victims of Prajwal’s alleged actions.

Gowda’s firm stance highlights his dedication to maintaining integrity and justice, reflecting his deep commitment to the principles he has upheld throughout his extensive political career. The former Prime Minister’s demand for Prajwal’s return and accountability underlines a significant moment in Karnataka’s political and judicial landscape.

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61 Terminated Safai Karmacharis Await Reinstatement from DRDO’s CABS

61 safai karmacharis terminated from DRDO’s CABS in March seek reinstatement and justice against contractor extortion.

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In March 2024, 61 safai karmacharis, all women from marginalized communities, were terminated from their positions at the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), a part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). This sudden termination has left these workers in a state of uncertainty and has raised significant concerns regarding workers’ rights, extortion by contractors, and the treatment of marginalized communities in India.

Background of the Termination

The termination of these workers did not happen in a vacuum. The safai karmacharis allege that their dismissal was a direct result of their decision to raise their voices against the injustice and extortion practices of their contractor. According to the workers, the contractor was demanding an illegal cut of Rs 4,200 from their monthly wages to release their salaries. When the workers, backed by the Karnataka General Labour Union, affiliated with the All India Central Council of Trade Unions, protested against this malpractice, they were relieved of their duties.

Role of the Regional Labour Commissioner

In 2023, the safai karmacharis had approached the Regional Labour Commissioner (Central) to lodge a formal complaint about the extortion. The Labour Commissioner intervened, but the resolution was short-lived. On March 23, 2024, when the women reported for duty, they were informed of their termination. They were told that a new contractor, Indian Security Agency, had taken over, and their services were no longer required.

Demands and Actions by the Labour Union

The Karnataka General Labour Union has been at the forefront of this battle, demanding the immediate reinstatement of the terminated workers. They have also called for criminal and disciplinary action against the contractor for his illegal extortion practices. Additionally, the union is seeking a refund of the extorted amounts and demanding dignified working conditions for the safai karmacharis at CABS.

Agreement and Its Violation

In a meeting held on May 9, 2024, an agreement was reached between the commission for safai karmacharis and representatives of CABS to reinstate the terminated workers. However, despite this agreement, the workers have not been reinstated, leaving them in a precarious situation.

Working Conditions at CABS

The terminated workers have also raised concerns about the unhygienic working conditions at CABS. They report that they were not provided with adequate safety equipment, which is essential for their job. This neglect not only compromises their health and safety but also reflects a broader issue of disregard for the welfare of marginalized workers.

The Impact of Termination on Workers

The sudden termination has had a profound impact on the lives of these workers. Many of them are the primary breadwinners of their families, and the loss of income has led to financial distress. The psychological impact of losing their jobs under such unjust circumstances has also been significant.

Broader Implications for Workers’ Rights

This incident highlights broader issues concerning workers’ rights in India, particularly for those from marginalized communities. The exploitation of workers by contractors, the lack of accountability, and the failure to uphold agreements made with labor commissions are systemic problems that need urgent attention.

Call to Action

The Karnataka General Labour Union continues to press for the reinstatement of the 61 safai karmacharis. They are advocating for a system that ensures fair treatment, dignified working conditions, and strict actions against those who exploit workers. Their struggle is not just for their own reinstatement but for a broader change in how marginalized workers are treated in India.

Conclusion

The case of the 61 terminated safai karmacharis from DRDO’s CABS is a stark reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by marginalized workers in India. As they await justice, it is imperative for authorities to address their grievances, ensure their reinstatement, and take concrete steps to prevent such injustices in the future. The fight for their rights is a fight for a more equitable and just society where every worker is treated with dignity and respect.

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