HC refuses stay in proceedings against Kumaraswamy
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 19:44
Bangalore: In a legal setback to former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to stay proceedings initiated against him and his wife in a lower court on a private complaint, alleging corrupt practices.

Admitting a petition by Kumaraswamy, Justice KN Keshavanarayan declined to grant stay, observing a prima facie case has been made out and there is a statutory bar for grant of stay on proceedings of a case filed under Section 19(3)C of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Kumaraswamy had challenged the proceedings initiated by the Lokayukta court and the Aug 8 summons issued by it directing him to appear before the court today.

In another setback, the Lokayukta court today rejected the anticipatory bail applications of Kumaraswamy and his wife apprehending arrest in the case.

Judge Sudhindra Rao rejected their applications on the grounds they may tamper with evidence if granted bail.

However, in a temporary reprieve for Kumaraswamy, the judge granted him and his wife exemption from personal appearance till September 5 on health grounds.

The case relates to alleged irregularities in renewal of mining licence to a firm and allotment of land to a private housing cooperative society, which allotted a site to Kumaraswamy's wife.

Vindo Geol, Managing Director of Jenthakal Mining Company was also exempted from personal appearance on health grounds.

The judge directed all three to appear in court on Sept 5.

Advocate Vinod Kumar in his complaint had alleged that Kumaraswamy favoured the firm by ordering renewal of its licence flouting rules and made bulk land allotment to the society and it allotted a residential site to his wife as a favour.


First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 19:44

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