The Karnataka High Court has served summons to Hassan Lok Sabha member Prajwal Revanna through a newspaper in response to two election petitions filed against him.

The joint registrar of the High Court published the summons in a local newspaper in Hassan on Wednesday, after the respondent did not receive the notice sent to his residence earlier.

The respondent has been directed to appear before the court in person, or by a pleader, to answer all material questions relating to the petitions on September 30 at 10.30 a.m. Further, if he defaults on appearing on the day, the petitions would be heard and determined in his absence. Former Minister and BJP leader A. Manju, who was defeated in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, and G. Devaraje Gowda, an advocate from Holenarasipur taluk, had filed separate petitions in the High Court questioning the legality of his election to the Lok Sabha in the polls held in April-May 2019.

Mr. Devaraje Gowda said in Hassan on Wednesday that the court issued the summons through the newspaper as the respondent avoided receiving the notices sent to his residential address.

"It shows the Lok Sabha member has no respect for the court. He did not receive the summons when the staff of the court reached his place to serve the summons," he said.

Hassan district BJP president Navile Annappa alleged that the respondent was trying to delay the court process by refusing to receive the summons.

"He is scared of losing his membership. Otherwise, he would have received the notice when it was served, and faced the court," he opined.

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