Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday moved the high court by filing two petitions seeking anticipatory bail in two separate cases.
The petitions were filed within hours of summons served upon him in one of the cases pending before the Lokayukta court. The Lokayukta court had issued summons on August 8 on a complaint filed by advocate Sirajin Basha in relation to denotification of lands. Basha had filed a total of five complaints, a day after the governor gave consent for prosecuting Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa filed another anticipatory bail petition in relation to an FIR lodged by the Lokayukta police in respect of the complaint filed by JD(S) spokesperson Y S V Dutta. The complaint pertains to award of civil contracts for Upper Bhadra project and the receipt of alleged kickback of Rs 13 cr. The special court had already directed the Lokayukta police to probe the complaint.
Hearing adjourned The special division bench headed by Justice Ajit Gunjal on Tuesday adjourned to August 25 the hearing of the petition filed by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
Yeddyurappa has challenged the sanction accorded by governor H R Bhardwaj to prosecute him in the alleged denotification lands acquired by BDA.
"We are issuing notice to state government. We propose to hear them, because we want to know how they propose to go about this," the bench observed before adjourning the hearing. Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani who appeared on behalf of Yeddyurappa urged the court for grant of an interim order by saying that the special court had already summoned the ex-chief minister to appear on August 27 in relation to one of the cases arising out of this sanction order.
However, the counsel for complainants Sirajin Basha and Balraj objected to grant of an interim order saying that courts cannot interfere in sanction orders issued by the governor. He also sought for deferring the hearing on the ground that senior advocate P P Rao who was to appear on their behalf is busy with some matter before the apex court till Wednesday.
During the hearing, the bench wanted to know whether the petition would still survive in the light of changed circumstances.
However, Jethmalani insisted that the sanction order must go, though politically the petition has become 'infructuous' in view of Yeddyurappa's resignation.
Katta BAIL: Judge recuses The bail petitions filed by former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and his son Jagadish, a corporator will now be heard by Justice V Jagannathan after Justice K N Keshvanarayana recused himself from hearing the case on Tuesday. The Kattas, who are presently lodged in the central prison are seeking bail in the KIADB-Itasca land scam.