Bangalore: A local court Friday adjourned
till February 14 hearing of all five complaints against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and some his family members, including his son-in-law, over allegations of corruption.
City-based advocates Sirajin Basha and K N Balaraj had
filed the complaints before the Lokayukta court last month.
When hearing commenced before Additional Civil and
Sessions judge and special judge C B Hipparagi, senior counsel
for the two advocates Anup Chowdhary raised the issue of
whether the accused have the right of audience even before
summons are issued by the court.
"Till summons are issued there is no right of audience
for the accused. There is a Supreme Court direction to this
effect. If you wish to overrule the direction, then it is your decision," he pointed out.
At this, the special judge adjourned the hearing to
The case had come up for hearing after it had been
adjourned yesterday. The court yesterday gave the direction
after Yeddyurappa`s son-in-law Sohan Kumar filed an
application in response to a fifth complaint against him
seeking stay of the proceedings on the grounds that the same matter was being probed by the Lokayukta.
In response to Kumar`s plea, counsel for the petitioners C H Hanumantharaya filed his objections and
requested Hipparagi to post the case for arguments today.