Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Housing Minister V Somanna on Wednesday appeared before a Lokayukta court in a case relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of land.
Special Lokayukta Court Judge NK Sudhindra Rao posted the case to June 30.
The judge had in April directed Mr Yeddyurappa, Mr Somanna, his wife Shailaja and a person named Lingaraju to appear before him.
On March 21, Lokayukta police probing the case had filed a ‘B’ report absolving Mr Somanna of charges of “misusing his position” in the case, stating that he was neither an MLA nor a minister during the period when the said land was denotified and, therefore, there was no case to proceed against him.
The others accused in the case, including Mr Yeddyurappa, were also absolved of the charges. The’ B’ report was challenged by complainant Ravi Krishna Reddy on March 29.
On January 17, the Karnataka High Court had granted anticipatory bail to all the accused in the case.
The complainant had alleged that Mr Somanna used his position as a minister to secure denotification of 22 guntas (one gunta is about 1,086 sq ft) of land in Nagadevanahalli village for an educational institution run by his wife, despite the land having been acquired by Bangalore Development Authority.
After the Lokayukta court took cognisance of the complaint, all the four moved High Court for anticipatory bail.
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister then, had allegedly ordered for denotification of the land on the request of the erstwhile land owner Mr Lingaraju, according to the complaint.