Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa granted bail in land denotification case
A city civil and sessions court in Bengaluru granted bail to former Karnataka chief minister and veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa in a corruption case over the alleged illegal grant of land acquired by the state for an IT park to a private party when Yediyurappa was the deputy chief minister of the state during 2006-07.
The court granted bail to Yediyurappa after the veteran BJP leader’s advocates argued that there was no corruption involved in the alleged land denotification case which was taken up on the basis of a court complaint by activist Vasudev Reddy.
Yediyurappa was granted bail on Saturday with the execution of a personal bond of Rs one lakh and a similar surety. His counsel argued that the former chief minister had not abused his position as a public servant for pecuniary gain as alleged by the complainant and that his action was within the ambit of his administrative powers to take decisions in good faith.
A special court in Bengaluru, dealing exclusively with criminal cases related to elected representatives in Karnataka, had ordered registration of a criminal case of corruption against B S Yediyurappa in March this year in connection with the land denotification.
The case pertains to private land acquired by the state government for setting up an IT park in Bengaluru when a BJP-JDS coalition was in power in the state during 2006-07. Nearly 434 acres of the acquired land was allegedly illegally denotified and handed over to private parties “for illegal gain” through a July 21, 2006 government notification.
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