Complaint against Yeddyurappa, others adjourned

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 23:12

Bangalore: The Lokayukta Court on Tuesday
adjourned to September 17 hearing of the bail applications by
B S Yeddyurappa and 14 others in connection with a private
complaint alleging irregularities in denotification of
government land by him.
Lokayukta special court judge N K Sudhindra Rao
adjourned hearing on the applications on the complaint by advocate
Sirajin Basha in which they have been accused of causing an
estimated Rs 124 crore loss to the state exchequer.

Senior counsel for the complainant C H Hanumantharaya
filed his objections to the first complaint and sought time
till September 17 to file objections to the second one,
involving Yeddyurappa and nine others, where they have been
accused of causing an estimated loss of Rs 175 crore to the
exchequer.

The court then took on record objections to bail
applications filed by complainant`s counsel in the first
complaint and adjourned the hearing on it to September 17.

All the accused in the two complaints had filed their
bail applications before the court on August 29.
Earlier, the court allowed the application of
Yeddyurappa, the first accused and his son B Y Raghavendra,
MP, the third accused in the second complaint, seeking
exemption from personal appearance.

Yeddyurappa, who failed to appear in court today,
moved
an application seeking exemption from personal appearance
stating he was required to attend a BJP high command meeting
campaign for the Sept 26 bypoll in Koppal constituency, among
others.

The court made it clear while it was considering his
exemption this time, he has to be present at the next hearing.

The court sought to know from Special Public
Prosecutor Lokayukta Pramod Chandra if he was representing the case as
earlier Hanumantharaya had filed a power of attorney in the
last hearing stating he wished to be prosecutor, which was
objected to by senior counsel for the accused Ravi B Naik,
who said there was no need for him to assume the role as
Chandra was there.

To this, Chandra filed a memo submitting that since
proceedings are arising out of a private complaint, Lokayukta
police is not interested in prosecuting. He further submitted
that his role was limited to the cases referred to the
Lokayukta. He filed a similar memo in the other complaint.

Both memos signed by SP, Lokayukta, Rangaswamy Naik
who was present were taken on record by the court.

The SPP also filed objections to the bail applications
by Yeddyurappa and others in both complaints seeking dismissal of
the applications.

Naik then sought six weeks for Lokayukta police to
complete its probe and submit its report in the first of
Basha`s five complaints, alleging denotification of government
land in Rachenahalli village in Bangalore East taluk and
amalgamation of a public road in Nagavara Layout here,which
was referred to Lokayukta police for investigation by earlier
Lokayukta Judge Justice C B Hipparagi in March, 2011.

The court adjourned hearing in this complaint to
September 30.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 23:12

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