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HC dismisses Yeddyurappa’s bail plea, appears before court

Bangalore: Spelling more trouble for former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka High Court today dismissed his anticipatory bail plea while a Lokayukta court ordered filing a charge sheet against him in connection with alleged irregularities in land denotification.

Close on the heels of the high court rejecting his application seeking bail, Yeddyurappa responded to the summons by Lokayukta special court and appeared before it.

The special court directed Lokayukta police to file a charge sheet against him and others.

While Justice L Narayana Swamy of the high court dismissed Yeddyurappa’s bail application, a division bench comprising Justices K L Manjunath and H S Kempanna also “dismissed as withdrawn” another petition seeking quashing of Chapter 22 of the Lokayukta report on illegal mining, which had indicted him.

The Lokayukta court had directed Yeddyurappa to appear before it today after granting him a day’s exemption on August 27.

After Yeddyurappa, his son B Y Raghavendra and others appeared before the Lokayukta court, judge N K Sudhindra Rao directed Lokayukta police to file a charge sheet against the accused in the private complaints filed by advocate Sirajin Basha and adjourned the hearing to September 7.

The Lokayukta court had on August 8 issued summons to Yeddyurappa and 14 others on a complaint alleging irregularities in denotification of government lands, seeking their appearance on August 27.

Yeddyurappa had moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance on health grounds, which the court rejected and directed him to appear today.
The former Karnataka chief minister was admitted to a private hospital after suffering from high fever, diabetes and hypertension.

The complaints filed by advocate Sirajin Basha alleged that Yeddyurappa had denotified 2.5 acre in Arakere, 1.7 acre in Devarahachikkanayakanahalli and 2.80 acre in Geddalahalli when he was the chief minister, causing an estimated loss of Rs 124.37 crore to the state exchequer.

He also alleged that the denotified lands were subsequently purchased by “benamidars of Yeddyurappa’s family members”.

Basha’s other complaint against Yeddyurappa, his son and son-in-law, sitting BJP MLA Hemachandra Sagar and former minister S N Krishnaiah Shetty and four others is on alleged illegal land denotification of 2.14 acre in Agara village and 10 acre in Uttarahalli, causing a loss of about Rs 175 crore.

Meanwhile the high court adjourned to September 5 another application by Yeddyurappa seeking anticipatory bail in connection with a complaint by JDS leader Y S V Datta alleging financial irregularities in granting tender in Upper Bhadra irrigation project.

When the application came up for hearing, Justice L Narayanaswamy adjourned it to September 5 after Yeddyurappa’s counsel Ravi B Naik sought time for arguments.

Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa,his sons Raghavendra and Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar, MLA Hemchandra Sagar, former minister S N Krishnaiah Setty and other accused filed regular bail applications in the Special Lokayukta Court today.

When the case came up for hearing in the morning, Justice Sudheendra Rao gave time to Yeddyurappa and other accused to appear before him at 3.30 PM.
Krishnaiah Setty and Hemachandra Sagar appeared in court in the morning itself.

Speaking to reporters after emerging from the courtroom, Basha’s advocate C H Hanumantharaya said Yeddyurappa’s counsel objected to his representation as Special Public Prosecutor and termed it as “delaying tactics.”

“The court will decide on who will represent Basha and thereafter the objections will be filed,” he said.

Hanumantharaya said he requested the court to direct Yeddyurappa’s counsel to file applications mentioning the grounds as to why he should be prevented from appearing as deemed public prosecutor.

He also alleged that Yeddyurappa was adopting delaying tactics by objecting to his representation as SPP.

“I must honestly say it is a delaying tactics.. it looks like that they (Yeddyurappa’s counsel) are interested in seeing to it I don’t appear… it will become easy for them,” he said.

Earlier Yeddyurappa who was discharged from hospital,visited Gavigangadhareshwara temple and offered pooja.

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