BS Yeddyurappa gets temporary relief in illegal land denotification case

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) not to proceed with any prosecutive action against state BJP President BS Yeddyurappa till 28 August in an alleged illegal land denotification matter.

Justice Aravind Kumar gave the order after the investigating agency said it was withdrawing its notice served on the former chief minister to appear before it on Thursday.

BS Yeddyurappa. File photo. AFP

BS Yeddyurappa. File photo. AFP

The ACB gave a statement to the court that it would not proceed with its action against Yeddyurappa and withdrew summons issued to him.

The judge then adjourned the hearing to 28 August.

Yeddyurappa has moved the court, seeking quashing of the ACB proceedings against him in the case.

He has been accused of de-notifying 257 acres of land from a preliminary notification of 3,546 acres, meant for the formation of the Dr K Shivaram Karanth Layout, "bypassing" the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) committee's approval, when he was the chief minister between May 2008 and July 2011.

Two FIRs had been filed against the BJP leader, based on a complaint by a member of the 'Jana Samanya Vedike', a social organisation.

In his petition, Yeddyurappa had alleged that the ACB was being used to target the opposition leaders in the Congress-ruled state, "in retaliation" to the recent Income Tax raids on Karnataka energy minister DK Shivakumar's properties.

He has also charged that the FIRs against him were a result of "political vendetta and mala fide intentions".

The former chief minister had contended that there was no question of any denotification of land by him since the entire land acquisition was quashed by the high court in 2014.

Updated Date: Aug 23, 2017 22:29 PM

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