Yeddyurappa gets a breather, court orders Lokayukta probe

A local court postponed proceedings relating to his prosecution and referred to Lokayukta the allegations made in one of the complaints against him over illegal denotificaton of lands.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 21:44 PM IST

Bangalore: In a breather for embattled
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, a local court today
postponed proceedings relating to his prosecution and referred
to Lokayukta the allegations made in one of the complaints
against him over illegal denotificaton of lands.

The 23rd Additional Civil and Session Court Judge C B
Hippargi, while pronouncing the order, directed the Lokayukta
Superintendent of Police to inquire into the allegations made
in the first complaint and submit a report within six weeks.

Today`s order puts at rest speculations over the issue of
summons on the complaint filed by advocates Sirajin Basha and
K N Balaraj following the Governor`s sanction for prosecuting
the chief minister.

Yeddyurappa, who is facing allegations of corruption,
nepotism and favouritism, has got respite till May 4, that too
if Lokayukta Police can file their report after completing the
inquiry.

Meanwhile, the court will begin the process of recording
sworn statements of the complainants on the second complaint
tomorrow, indicating that the exercise would take at least few
months to complete recording of evidence on the remaining
three complaints.

Basha and Balaraj have filed in all five complaints against
Yeddyurappa and his family members.

The first complaint relates to denotification of lands
allegedly to favour of his sons-- B Y Raghavendra, MP, B Y
Vijendra and son-in-Law Sohan Kumar and their illegal sale by
them.

The complainants have also alleged that Yeddyruappa ordered
"illegal amalgamation" of a piece of land earmarked for road
and ten sites in Arkavathy layout on an application filed by
one Akkamma and others, though they did not own the land.

The court order comes as a relief for Yeddyurappa who is
facing fresh trouble from dissidents questioning his
leadership and seeking his removal.

PTI