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Court upholds Lokayukta police inquiry against Yeddyurappa

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A file photo of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. The Karnataka High Court said the Lokayukta police could not arrest the persons against whom allegations were made without a warrant from the magistrate.
A file photo of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. The Karnataka High Court said the Lokayukta police could not arrest the persons against whom allegations were made without a warrant from the magistrate.

'Lokayukta court can take cognisance of charges against him and others in land scams'

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa suffered a setback, with the Karnataka High Court on Thursday upholding the Special Lokayukta Court's order to take cognisance of charges against him and others in alleged land scams and allowing the Lokayukta police to inquire into them.

This comes a day after a leaked Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted Mr. Yeddyurappa.

However, the High Court said the Lokayukta police could not arrest the persons against whom allegations were made without a warrant from the magistrate.

Reading out the operational portions of the 86-page verdict in the packed court hall, Justice K.N. Keshavanarayana held that the petitioners, including R.N. Sohan Kumar, son-in-law of Mr. Yeddyurappa, had no locus standi to question the action initiated by the special court at this stage. He termed the petitions “immature.”

On March 24, the special court directed the Lokayukta police to conduct an inquiry based on the private complaint by Sirajin Basha. However, the inquiry could not proceed as the High Court stayed that order on March 29.

Meanwhile, Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde said the mining report would be formally released in the coming week.

He said the leak should not distract the State government from acting on the report, in which Mr. Yeddyurappa, as well as the former Chief Minister, H.D Kumaraswamy, stands accused of corruption, along with Bellary's Reddy brothers and a string of political figures across parties.

“How can they [the State government] reject the report based on the leak,” Mr. Hegde asked. “The report is a voluminous study that has thousands of supporting documents. And that hasn't been leaked.”

He told journalists that he did not expect much from the political dispensation in the State or even the Opposition parties, given that their leaders also figured on the list of accused. “The matter is also before the Supreme Court. The contents of this report could be used as material evidence in that case.”

Reacting to the leak, the Opposition parties have demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister. Mr. Kumaraswamy, who is Janata Dal (Secular) president, said he would resign from the Lok Sabha if the charges were proved.

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Lokayukta institution is held high in the state of karnataka. The chief minister must resign from the office immediately. The people of the state cant be taken for granted.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 22:38 IST

It is high time BJP National leaders have to take decision after hearing repeated scam by the Yediyurappa

from:  Uma
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 13:43 IST

If politicians are exempted from all justice departments then no need for any outside invasion ,It is a soft invasion of it's own home grown thugs.

from:  Gunasegaran R
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 12:54 IST

Government can't be pressurized by single Anna Hazare . It require immense support from all across country. Prepare yourself for 16 August protest in Delhi.

from:  Yogesh
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 12:49 IST

Hegdeji has done a superb job he expose Yeddi along with SM Krishna and Kumarswami.

from:  Tamal Das
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 12:49 IST

Since all political party is corrupt and literally looting our country's resource and taxpayers money. If BJP wants UPA to start acting on Lokpal and other Anti corruption laws, they should first sack Yeddiuraapa immediately. People like Sir Santosh Hegde and team worked day and night to bring truth out will be shadowed by cheap politics. Though BJP got many chances to sack Yeddiuraapa they failed, if they don't do this time what credibility will BJP have to speak against UPA.

from:  Sachidananda
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 11:52 IST

When polititians are currupt the whole society becomes currupt. The executive is under the polititians and the latter use them to further their goals. I only hope that the judiciary remains uncurrupted. The Maoists and Naxals and other such elements can only be defeated by destroying corruption.

from:  Vinod Nair
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 11:35 IST

I pity the state of affairs in Karnataka despite public giving a unique opportunity to BJP to set good examples in governance. Corruption, nepotism have become the norm of the day for all political parties regardless of differences. Democracy, Independence are slowly loosing relevance.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 11:07 IST

N.Santosh Hegde is doing a superb job. And indirectly this whole incident supports Anna Hazare's movement. The incident shows what change an independent lokpal or lokayukt can make to crush the corruption.

from:  Premal
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 10:00 IST

Now the Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa must realise that he has taken enough time to get relived and face the judiciary.

from:  A.M.Ibrahim Ansari
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 09:21 IST

CM should resign immediately and face the consequences. BJP should clean their house first if they claim, 'party with difference'.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 08:10 IST

Anna Hare is rightly advocating for Strong Lokpal Bill as is evident by a series of scam taking place and is destroying gradually the nation and the people are end sufferers. The Bill must be drafted by independent person and debated by people before the Parliament introduces.Politicians have vested interests and therefore they must pass only such laws which are responded positively by majority of people of India, since elected representatives do not enjoy majority support in a multiparty systems like ours.

from:  S S Prasad
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 07:32 IST

BJP if it wants to regain their position as a responsible Party and it is the time to act positively on this issue. They have to demand resignation from Yeddyurappa with out any further delay.Karnataka politics is one of the worst in India and it will be prudent for dissolution of assembly and have an election to state assembly as early as possible. Let prople decide the fate of the leaders of Karnataka.

from:  Narayanan Krishnan
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 04:54 IST

My question to justice santosh hegde sir is after the report what can be done and how the individual benefitted with the report if no one will take action against the culprit?

from:  Anwar
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 02:05 IST

Sad that the party with a difference is not faring any better than the Grand old party(Congress). The BJP high command if serious about tackling corruption must atleast ask Mr.Yeddyyurappa to resign.Let them not get into a blame game by claiming that they are not the only ones with tainted hands.If strict action is taken, people might forgive it, otherwise even they will be thrown along the wayside.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 00:32 IST
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