August 29th, 2011
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Yeddyrappa appears before Lokayukta

B S YeddyurappaBangalore: Former Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa appeared before the state Lokayukta (ombudsman) for a graft trial followed by the denial of anticipatory bail by the Karnataka High Court. “Yeddyurappa will appear in the additional city civil court and sessions court as he has recovered from fever and in response to the summons issued earlier by the trial court judge (N.K. Sudhindra Rao),” the former chief minister’s legal advisor Putteswamy Gowda told reporters here.

On August 8,2011,the special Lokayukta court had issued summons to Yeddyurappa ordering him to appear before it on August 27, on a private complaint filed by city-based advocate Sirajin Basha. However, the BJP leader failed to appear in the trial court on Saturday on the ground that he was suffering from fever and sought permission to be represented by his advocate.

Though Yeddyurappa’s counsel had pleaded for personal exemption N Narayana Swamy, additional city civil and sessions’ court judge, rejected the counsel’s prayer and ordered Yeddyurappa to be present in the lower court today.

The case relates to the denotification of lands near Bangalore in favour of his kith and kin during his tenure as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) first chief minister in south India. In the complaints of the two advocates Sirajin Bhasha and N.K. Balaraj, the two advocates accused Yeddyurappa, his two sons B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra, son-in-law R. Sohan Kumar and 11 others of conspiracy to denotify the lands in return for monetary benefits.




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