Breather to Karnataka CM: SC puts on hold corruption case

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/6/2021 11:47:24 PM

NEW DELHI, April 5: In a breather to Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader B S Yediyurappa(78), the Supreme Court on Monday put on hold the Karnataka High Court's order for a special court to take note of the allegations of corruption against him in a 10-year old illegal land denotification case.
He had come to the top court with a petition to stall the appointment of the special court to probe against him for allegedly illegally allotting 24 acres of the government land to private individuals.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde also issued a notice on Yediyurappa's plea against the High Court asking the special court to take note of the allegations and proceed on the basis of a charge-sheet filed by the Lokayukta in 2012 against him and another state minister Katta Subramanya Naidu.
Last December, the High Court had dismissed his petition, seeking to quash criminal proceedings against him in the case and directed the Lokayukta special court to monitor the investigation ordered by the courts on the alleged misconduct of MPs and MLAs in criminal offences.
The case pertains to the illegal denotification of large tracts of land in Whitefield IT Corridor, which was acquired for an infotech related project in 2006-07 when he was the Deputy Chief Minister in the BJP-JD(S) coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy.
The case was registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the direction of the Lokayukta Court to Lokayukta police on February 21, 2015, based on a complaint by Vasudeva Reddy, a resident of Bellandur in the city.



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