Yeddyurappa walks out of jail

The Karnataka High Court granted bail to former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who has been under arrest over alleged land deals during his tenure.

Zeenews Bureau

Bangalore: Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Tuesday walked out of Bangalore`s central prison, hours after the Karnataka High Court granted him bail in connection with the land de-notification cases.

“The truth will prevail,” Yeddyurappa said talking to reporters just after his release.

Pronouncing the order, Justice BV Pinto of the Karnataka High Court said that his offence was not the one which warranted death or life term and hence, he deserved to be given a bail.

Justice Pinto allowed the bail application of Yeddyurappa on the condition that he furnishes a bond for Rs five lakh and does not attempt to tamper with evidence.

The bail granted to Yeddyurappa in the third private complaint for alleged irregularities in denotifying government lands favouring his family members, comes five days after he
secured similar relief on the second complaint relating to similar charges.

The judge also enlarged on bail former Minister S N
Krishnaiah Setty, one of the accused along with Yeddyurappa in
the third private complaint filed in the Lokayukta court by
advocates Sirajin Basha and K N Balaraj.

The Lokayukta Special Court had rejected the bail applications of Yeddyurappa and Setty on October 15 and sent them to judicial custody.

Pronouncing the orders on the pleas of Yeddyurappa and Setty, Justice Pinto observed that the lower court has not taken into consideration whether the documents submitted by
the complainants were verified and subjected to scrutiny.

The complainant in his seven-page sworn statement recorded before the lower court has not averred that the documents furnished by him are "true". Under these circumstances, the documents should not have been taken into consideration, the judge observed.

"Therefore, there is no impediment in granting bail to the accused", Justice Pinto said while allowing the bail applications.

Justice Pinto said since some more complaints were pending before the lower court, "I do not want to express my opinion at this stage."
Three more private complaints filed by Basha are still pending before the Lokayukta court. While sworn statements have been recorded in the fourth and fifth, the process is yet
to begin on the first complaint.

Justice Pinto observed that nowhere has the complainant stated that the contents of documents furnished by him were "true" or produced any witnesses.

"Under these circumstances, mere reading of the sworn statement does not disclose guilt of offences. The counsel for the petitioner has stated that denotification of government lands are permissible under Section 48 of the Land Acquisition Act. For this no fault can be made against the accused. And the offences under this act are not punishable", the judge said.
The Karnataka Land Use Restriction Act, under which an offence was sought to be made against Setty, for securing conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural use was not also punishable offence under the law, Justice Pinto said while rejecting the contention of the complainants that offences have been committed by the accused.

Both the accused have no antecedents of crime nor any case was pending against them or booked in any other case, the judge said.

The judge also observed that the sworn statements by complainants do not disclose any offence made out under various provisions of IPC and sections of the Prevention of
Corruption Act.

The BJP leader was arrested Oct 15 and has been in Bangalore`s central prison since Oct 19 after spending three days in two hospitals.

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