Karnataka: Old case haunts new BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa

Complaint alleges illegal purchase of land in Bhadravati.

Shivamogga: The Shivamogga Lokayukta Court on Tuesday issued summons to newly appointed Bharatiya Janata Party state president B.S. Yeddyurappa, his son and Shikaripur MLA B.Y. Raghavendra in connection with the case related to alleged illegal purchase of land in Hunasekatte Junction village in Bhadravati taluk in the district.

The court has posted the case for hearing on May 17. Mr Vinod B., a city-based advocate, had lodged a complaint alleging that Dhavalagiri Properties, the firm of which family members of Mr Yeddyurappa were members, had purchased 69 acres of land near Hunasekatte Junction in 2009 by violating the existing laws.

The complainant said that the land was classified as forest land and that various provisions of the Forest Act and the Karnataka Land Reforms Act were violated in the transaction.

He had alleged that Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister then, had misused his power in the transaction. He sought action against Mr Yeddyurappa and Mr Raghavendra under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The court, after taking taking cognisance of the complaint, has issued summons to Mr Yeddyurappa and Mr Raghavendra asking to appear for the hearing. The case has been posted for further hearing to May 17.

Jayachandra: No witch hunt against ex-CM
Law and parliamentary affairs minister, T.B. Jayachandra on Wednesday asserted that the state government was not indulging in a political witchhunt against newly elected BJP state president B.S. Yeddyruappa.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Jayachandra said, “Why would the state government appeal in the Apex court against him or anyone else? If any private person wants to approach the Apex court over his cases, how can the state government be held responsible for it?”

In response to a question, the minister conceded that a few private persons have sought legal opinion whether they can pursue cases against Mr Yeddyurappa in the Apex court or not. “We are yet to take a decision on this,” he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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