Deputy Chief Minister and State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa on Friday moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the proceedings initiated by the Special Lokayukta Court in Shimoga in disproportionate assets case filed against him.
His son, K.E. Kanthesh, and daughter-in-law, Shalini, also filed separate petitions challenging the proceedings as they are co-accused.
Justice A.S. Pachchapure, before whom the petitions came up for hearing, has adjourned the hearing till Monday.
The Special Court, based on a private complaint filed by B. Vinod, an advocate from Shimoga, had directed the Lokayukta Police to probe the allegations made in the complaint that Mr. Eshwarappa had amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income after he became a Minister in the JD (S)-BJP coalition government. The complaint said that several prime residential and industrial properties worth crores of rupees were purchased in the name of Mr. Eshwarappa and his family.
Following the Special Court’s direction, the Lokayukta Police had registered an FIR and searched the houses belonging to Mr. Eshwarappa and his family in Shimoga and Bangalore.
Sri Vidya Manohar Theertha, Peethadhipathi of Vyasaraja Math (Sosale), Mysore, on Friday filed an affidavit in the High Court stating that he does not intend to resign as the peethadhipati of the math. He alleged in the affidavit that at the instance of members of Vyasaraja Seva Samithi, media had carried a misleading report saying that he [seer] wanted to hand over the reins of the math to a successor. The seer also stated that a congregation scheduled on January 26 was dropped following the “propaganda” carried through the media.
A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice S. Abdul Nazer, had on noticing media reports, had directed the seer to file an affidavit clarifying whether he wanted to hand over the reins of the math to a successor.
The Bench is hearing an appeal filed by the seer against a verdict of a single judge bench, which had upheld the order of the State government in appointing the former IAS officer K. Jairaj as administrator of the math.