Court extends Yeddyurappa’s jail stay till Nov 3

October 22nd, 2011 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, Oct 22 (IANS) A Bangalore court Saturday extended former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s jail stay till Nov 3 as the arrested Bharatiya Janata Party leader waits for bail from the high court.

Yeddyurappa’s judicial custody was to end Saturday.

He was sent to jail Oct 15 till Oct 22 by Lokayukta (ombudsman) court judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao in two corruption cases. Rao, an additional sessions judge, functions as Lokayukta court for speedy disposal of corruption cases.

Justice B.V. Pinto of the high court will resume hearing the arguments for and against bail for Yeddyurappa Monday. The former chief minister petitioned the high court Oct 17 for bail.

Yeddyurappa was arrested Oct 15 evening and taken to the jail in Parappana Agrahara, a suburb in east Bangalore.

However, he stayed there for only a few hours and was shifted to the government-run Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research early Sunday after he complained of chest pain.

From there, Yeddyurappa was moved to Victoria Hospital, also government-run, on the ground that he was suffering from high blood pressure and other ailments.

He went back to jail Wednesday morning.

He is seeking bail from the high court in two of five cases of corruption and illegal land deals filed by two Bangalore advocates in January this year.

The advocates, Sirajin Bhasha and N.K. Balaraj, have charged Yeddyurappa, his two sons — BJP Lok Sabha member B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra — and son-in-law R. Sohan Kumar of conspiracy to free government land from official control, a process called denotification, in return for monetary gains.

The freed land is usually bought by influential people for a much lower price than market rate.

If the owners themselves are people with clout they can sell it at market rate as government pays much less than the market rate when it acquires these lands.

Former state Muzrai (endowments) minister S.N. Krishnaiah Shetty, BJP legislator Hemachanda Sagar and several others are also accused in the cases.

Rao has given conditional bail to all the accused, except Yeddyurappa and Shetty who too remains in the jail. Shetty’s bail plea will also be heard Monday.

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