Land scam: BSY’s bail plea posted to Jan 17

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday posted to tomorrow the anticipatory bail applications of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and housing minister V Somanna in connection with an alleged land scam case.

Justice Subhash B Adi posted the matter after hearing the matter and conclusion of submissions by special public prosecutor Lokayukta T M Gayatri.

Besides Yeddyurappa and Somanna, the latter's wife had also sought relief in the case. Earlier, the court sought clarifications from complainant Ravi Krishnareddy on the credibility of his complaint and why he had chosen a particular instance of land denotification when such denotifications had also been done by previous governments.

"Why do you say there is a connivance? How do you substantiate abuse of power by the then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa," Justice Adi asked.

He also sought to know from the SPP Lokayukta as to how "this denotification constitutes and offence". Krishnareddy has alleged that Somanna secured denotification of 22 guntas (one gunta is about 1,086 sq ft) of land in Nagadevanahalli in Kengeri Hobli for an educational institution run by his wife Shailaja in violation of rules when Yeddyurappa was Chief Minister.