Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday
quashed criminal proceedings initiated against former Chief
Minister and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy, his wife and some of
his family members in a lower court for alleged irregularities
in favouring a mining firm and a housing cooperative society.
Passing the order, Justice V Jagannathan slapped a Rs one
lakh fine on the petitioner for wasting the court`s time.
Advocate Vinod Kumar had on August eight filed a
complaint in the Lokayukta court, which had issued summons to
Kumaraswamy and his wife, Anita, JDS MLA.
Kumar had alleged that Kumaraswamy, a Lok Sabha member,
during his tenure as Chief Minister, had ordered bulk
allotment of land to a private housing cooperative society and
also recommended renewal of mining licence of a firm.
The court upheld the contention of Kumaraswamy, who had
challenged the lower court proceedings on the ground that the
petitioner had not secured sanction from the Lok Sabha Speaker
to prosecute him, a step which is mandatory, and not furnished
proof on his allegations.
The High Court had granted anticipatory bail last month
to Kumaraswamy and Anita, after which they appeared before the
lower court on September nine.