November 8th, 2011
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Yeddyurappa walks free

yedyurappaBangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who has been granted bail by the High Court in the land denotification case will walk free as long he furnishes a bond for Rs five lakh and does not attempt to tamper with evidence.The bail granted to Yeddyurappa in the third private complaint for alleged irregularities in denotifying government lands favouring his family members, comes five days after he secured similar relief on the second complaint relating to similar charges. Yeddyurappa was in jail in connection with two land scam cases.

The judge also enlarged on bail former Minister SN Krishnaiah Setty, one of the accused along with Yeddyurappa in the third private complaint filed in the Lokayukta court by advocates Sirajin Basha and KN Balaraj. Pronouncing the orders on the pleas of Yeddyurappa and Setty, Justice Pinto observed that the lower court has not taken into consideration whether the documents submitted by the complainants were verified and subjected to scrutiny.

The complainant in his seven-page sworn statement recorded before the lower court has not averred that the documents furnished by him are “true”. Under these circumstances, the documents should not have been taken into consideration, the judge observed. “Therefore, there is no impediment in granting bail to the accused”, Justice Pinto said while allowing the bail applications.

Yeddyurappa’s lawyer Sandeep Patil said that the court did not have enough evidence against him. He also said that the court felt it was not right to keep Yeddyurappa in jail on the basis of a private complainant’s account without verification.

There are five cases against Yeddyurappa. However, he was in jail in connection with only two cases. Yeddyurappa had been forced to resign as the chief minister of the state on July 31, in the wake of his indictment by the then Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde in an illegal mining scam.



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