New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday granted partial relief to state’s former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has been in jail in connection with corruption cases filed against him.
As per reports, the court granted Yeddyurappa bail in one of the two cases and is set to hear the other land denotification case this afternoon. If the former chief minister gets bail in the second case then he will be out of judicial custody.
On Wednesday, Justice BV Pinto adjourned till today further hearing on the bail applications moved by Yeddyurappa in the two land de-notification cases.
The cases have been registered by Lokayukta police on private complaints by city advocate Sirijan Basha alleging that Yeddyurappa had de-notified governments lands for the benefit of his family members.
Yeddyurappa, has moved the High Court for bail after Special Lokayukta Judge NK Sudhindra Rao rejected his plea for the relief.
Opposing bail, senior counsel for the complainant CH Hanumantharaya charged Yeddyurappa with "misusing his position, abusing his office" by "ignoring and bypassing" the de-notification committee to get a report which was "desirable and palatable to him".
He submitted the trial court had considered everything, scrutinised all records scrupulously before rejecting the bail application of the petitioner and remanding him.
"It (remand) was not an act done cursorily. It was consistently held by the trial court that a prima facie case was made out (against Yeddyurappa)", he stated.
Referring to the point raised by the petitioner`s counsel that government lands were denotified by an earlier Chief Minister (HD Kumaraswamy) also, Hanumantharaya submitted "one illegality cannot be the licence for another illegality".
"The very abuse of his status, position, standing in the society to get something done for somebody, satisfies section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and constitutes an offence", he submitted.
Quoting a Supreme Court order for refusing bail in corruption cases, Hanumatharaya said "there is greater danger of elimination of evidence through money power" in such cases.
He further submitted that in case bail was granted to the petitioner nobody would become an approver.
With Agency Input