Kumaraswamy, wife file anticipatory bail pleas



Bangalore: Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and his wife on Tuesday filed anticipatory bail applications before a Lokayukta court in connection with a complaint against them for grant of illegal mining licence and land to a private housing society.

The couple, who on August 8 were issued summons by Lokayukta judge N K Sudhindhra Rao in connection with the renewal of mining lease of Jentakkal Mining Company and allotment of land to Vishwabharathi Housing Cooperative Society for "personal gains," filed their pleas before the same court.

They were asked to appear before the Lokayukta court on August 30.

Advocate Vinod Kumar had filed the private complaint, alleging that Kumaraswamy, the state JDS president, had recommended grant of mining licence to Jentakkal Mining company, violating norms.

The complainant alleged a quid-pro-quo where allotment of land by Kumaraswamy in favour of the housing society during his tenure as chief minister was followed by a residential site to his wife in return.

PTI