Yeddyurappa skips court, told to appear Sep 17

September 13th, 2011 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, Sep 13 (IANS) Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Tuesday skipped appearance in a court here in a graft case and was directed by the judge to ensure his presence for the next hearing Sep 17.

Yeddyurappa’s counsel told special Lokayukta (ombudsman) court Judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao that the former chief minister could not appear Tuesday because of prior commitments.

Rao adjourned the hearing after directing that Yeddyurappa should be present in the court Sep 17.

Yeddyurappa’s two sons, B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra, son-in-law R. Sohan Kumar, and several other co-accused in the case, were, however, present in the court.

Raghavendra is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha member from Shimoga, about 280 km from Bangalore.

The case was filed by two Bangalore advocates in January after they received sanction from Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to prosecute Yeddyurappa for denotifying land, flouting rules and for monetary gains.

The advocates, Sirajin Bhasha and N.K. Balraj, have charged Yeddyurappa, his kin and several others of colluding to denotify the lands in return for monetary benefits.

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