Summons for Yeddyurappa in graft case, jail for ex-minister (Second Lead)

August 8th, 2011 - 7:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, Aug 8 (IANS) Karnataka’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday suffered major embarrassment with a court summoning its former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in a graft case and sending former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu to jail in another case.

For scam-hit Yeddyurappa, it was a double whammy as the court also ordered police to probe another corruption charge against him.

Yeddyurappa, 68, the BJP’s first chief minister in south India, quit as chief minister July 31 after indicted by the Lokayukta (ombudsman) in the massive illegal mining scam.

He and his two sons, one of who is a BJP Lok Sabha member, son-in-law and 11 others are to appear in the court Aug 27 in connection with illegal land deals.

Additional City Civil and Sessions Court Judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao issued the summons to Yeddyurappa and others.

Besides, the judge directed police attached to the Lokayukta to probe a graft complaint against Yeddyurappa filed by Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) spokesperson and legislator Y.S.V. Datta.

Yeddyurappa and his kin were summoned on a private complaint by two Bangalore advocates accusing them of financially benefiting from illegal denotification (freeing from government control) of land around Bangalore.

Advocates Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balaraj alleged in their complaint that Yeddyurappa flouted rules and denotified 2.5 acres of land in Arakere village and 1.7 acres in Devarachikkanahalli, both in south Bangalore, and 1.21 acres in Gedalahalli village in east Bangalore.

The advocates filed the complaint in January after Governor H.R. Bhardwaj gave them sanction to launch criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa and others.

The Karnataka High Court recently dismissed a petition by R. Sohan Kumar, son-in-law of Yeddyurappa, related to the two advocates’ complaint.

Yeddyurappa has also filed a petition in the high court challenging Bhardwaj’s sanction and the lower court proceeding with the private complaints. A two-judge bench of the court is hearing his petition.

In his complaint, Datta alleged that Dhavalagiri Properties, a firm owned by Yeddyurappa’s sons, B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra, and son-in-law received a kickback of Rs.30 crore from a company which was given work contract in an irrigation project.

Datta claimed that the company’s charges for the work were much higher than its competitors but still it was favoured as it had given Rs.30 crore to Dhavalagiri Properties.

Raghavendra is a BJP Lok Sabha member from Shimoga, about 280 km from
Bangalore.

Judge Sudhindra Rao also sent Katta Subramanya Naidu and his son Katta Jagadish to jail in a case in which the two are accused of taking a kickback of over Rs.85 crore to allot 325 acres of land near Bangalore to Itasca Software company.

The Naidus were taken to central prison in Parappana Agrahara in east Bangalore soon after Sudhindra Rao rejected their bail plea and ordered they be taken into custody.

The two will be in jail till a higher court grants them bail, Special Public Prosecutor Pramod Chandra told reporters.

There are seven other accused in the case including the software company’s managing director S.V. Srinivas, whose bail plea was rejected Monday.

Subramanya Naidu is charged with clearing Itasca’s application for land and flouting rules when he was industries minister in the Janata Dal-Secular-BJP coalition government in 2006-07.

On Dec 3 last year, he quit as IT minister in the Yeddyurappa ministry, a day after police attached to Lokayukta filed the case against him and others.

Naidu’s son is a BJP councillor in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Greater Bangalore City Corp). He was arrested in October 2010 for trying to bribe a witness. He was on bail in this case.

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