Denotification case: Kumaraswamy gets four weeks’ exemption from personal appearance

A special court had issued summons to the former CM to appear on October 4 in the case

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday granted a four week exemption to former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy from personally appearing before a special court. The court had issued summons to him to appear on October 4 in a case of illegally denotifying a portion of land officially acquired for Banashankari 5th Stage layout by allegedly abusing the office of the CM in 2007.

A vacation bench of Justice P.G.M. Patil passed the order on a petition filed by Mr. Kumaraswamy questioning the summons issued by the special court that exclusively deals with criminal cases related to elected MPs/MLAs in the State. The HC asked Mr. Kumarawamy’s counsel to apply for grant of exemption before the special court.

The case was initiated in 2012 based on a complaint filed by one M. Mahadeva Swamy of Chamarajanagar district. The complainant had alleged that Mr. Kumaraswamy, as CM in 2007, had order the denotification of two acres and 24 guntas of land at Halagevaderahalli village, acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), for the formation of layout during 1999. Denotification was done in favour of not the original owners but of third parties who received crores of rupees by selling lands after denotification, it was alleged in the complaint.

The court had initially ordered a probe by the Lokayukta police into the complaint and the Lokayukta police had filed a ‘B’ report indicating that the alleged offences against Mr. Kumaraswamy and several others could not be established by the probe. As the complainant objected to the probe report, the special court in July, 2019, had rejected the B report and in September this year had taken cognisance of offence against Mr. Kumaraswamy and other accused persons.

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