A Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered issue of notice to a complainant on two appeals filed by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa questioning an order of a single judge Bench. The single judge Bench had rejected Mr. Yeddyurappa’s petitions against two private complaints related to alleged instances of corruption pending before the Special Lokayukta Court.

The Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, passed the order after preliminary hearing on the appeals filed against the May 21, 2013 order of the single judge Bench.

It was claimed in the appeals that the complaints, filed by city-based advocate Sirajin Basha before the Special Court, were not maintainable. Mr. Yeddyurappa had contended that these complaints should have been filed before the Lokayukta under the provisions of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984 and not under Section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the Special Court. Mr. Yeddyurappa had questioned filing of separate complaints by splitting different instances of alleged corruption mentioned in a single complaint before the Governor while obtaining sanction for his prosecution. However, the single judge Bench refused to accept these contentions.

Further hearing is on July 25.

  • The former CM has filed two appeals questioning a single judge order

  • The judge had rejected Yeddyurappa’s petitions against two private plaints