Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday
adjourned to January 12 applications of former Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa and Housing Minister V Somanna and his wife
for anticipatory and interim bail in an FIR against them
alleging irregularities in denotification of land.
When the applications came up for hearing, Justice
Subhash B Adi adjourned the petitions after arguments in the
matter remained inconclusive.
Counsel for Yeddyurappa, Ashok Haranahally, said the
complainant had no knowledge about the transactions and "in
the entire complaint there are no allegations to constitute an
offence". Proper investigation has to be carried to bring out
the facts, he submitted.
Counsel for Somanna and his wife Murthy Dayanand Naik
submitted they had not violated any law and are the bonafide
purchasers of the land.
The FIR was filed against them on November 26 after
Lokayukta Court Judge N K Sudhindra Rao had directed Lokayukta
SP (Bangalore Urban) to conduct a probe under relevant section
of the CrPC and submit his report on December 26.
The complainant, Ravi Krishnareddy, a software engineer,
alleged Yeddyurappa had denotified 22 guntas (one gunta is
about 1086 square feet) of land in Nagadevanahalli here in
2009 to an education trust owned by Somanna`s wife, violating
The land had already been acquired by the Bangalore
Development Authority (BDA) in 1998, he had submitted.
The erstwhile land owner Lingaraju, one of the accused,
tried in vain to get the land denotified in 2005 when N Dharam
Singh was Chief Minister and also in 2006 during the tenure of
H D Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister.
Lingaraju again applied for denotification of the land in
June 2009 and Yeddyurappa passed favourable orders.
The building constructed by the education trust is an
"illegal" building as it had not been accorded permission for
construction by the competent authorities, it was stated.
Subsequently, Yeddyurappa, Somanna and his wife filed for
anticipatory bail. When these came up for hearing on December
2, the court ordered issue of notice to Lokayukta police.