Bangalore: The Lokayukta Special Court granted
exemption to former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa from
personal appearance for Saturday but made it clear he would have
to appear before it on August 29, complying with a summon to
him on a private complaint over alleged land denotification.
Judge NK Sudhindra Rao granted the exemption on health
grounds on an application by Yeddyurappa, but however rejected
his prayers for exemption from personal appearance.
Yeddyurppa`s counsel Ravi B Naik informed the court that
his client was suffering from "high fever, hypertension and
diabetes and had been advised rest" and not in a position to
appear before it, a contention objected to by the complainant
Sirajin Basha`s counsel C H Hanumantharaya.
The Judge granted exemption to Yeddyurappa "only for today"
and directed him to appear before it on August 29.
It also directed Superintendent of Police Lokyukta,
investigating the complaint to be in court on that date.
The court on August 8 had issued summons to Yeddyurappa and
14 others in connection with a private complaint against them.
Naik submitted that since Yeddyurappa`s bail application
before the High Court was reserved for verdict on August 29,
his appearance today would render the application infructuous.
The 14 accused appeared before the court and filed
applications seeking bail.
Basha in his complaint, had alleged that Yeddyurappa had
indulged in irregularities in denotification of lands acquired
by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).