A day after the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that he had anticipated the Lokayukta police raids on the offices and houses of his son and son-in-law, advocates arguing against his bail petition used this reaction of the former Chief Minister to highlight the possibility of him using his clout to hinder trial proceedings.

During the bail petition hearing in the denotification case against the former Chief Minister in the Lokayukta Special Court here on Wednesday, senior counsel for the complainant C.H. Hanumantharaya said, “He [Mr. Yeddyurappa] is capable of tampering with witnesses, tampering with evidence and creating bottlenecks during the proceedings of the case.”

Advocates further alleged that the former Chief Minister had previously used his clout in the Lokayukta to tap the phones of officers investigating illegal mining in the State.

“If he is granted bail, when the trial reaches the stage of recording of evidence, no witness will be available to dispose against the accused, and no evidence will remain to be produced,” said Mr. Hanumatharaya.

While opposing bail for the former Chief Minister and 10 other male accused, the advocates requested the judge, N.K. Sudhindra Rao, to grant bail to the four women who are also accused in the denotification case.

In defence of Mr. Yeddyurappa, his counsel produced documents before the court alleging that previous governments had also indulged in illegal denotification. “While they [opposing counsel] could not establish that Mr. Yeddyurappa had denotified 15 acres of land illegally, we have documents to show that the H.D. Kumaraswamy government had denotified more than 60 acres of land in favour of a private builder, and that the former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna was also involved in denotification,” said Ravi B. Nayak.

While the bail petition hearing in the first denotification case concluded on Wednesday, the bail petition hearing on the second case would commence on Thursday. The judge would deliver his verdict in the two cases on October 3.

Defence points to ‘illegalities' by Kumaraswamy Government