Bengaluru: HC quashes all FIRs against Yeddyurappa in land denotification cases

Bengaluru (PTI): In a relief to former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka High Court today quashed 15 FIRs filed against the senior BJP leader for alleged illegal denotification of lands based on a CAG report.

“All the FIRs against Yeddyurappa stand quashed,” Justice Rathnakala said in her order. The order comes as yet another breather for Yeddyurappa, close on the heels of the High Court recently quashing former Governor H R Bhardwaj’s sanction for prosecuting him when he was Chief Minister and also the Lokayukta court striking down four FIRs against him for alleged illegal land denotification.

The FIRs were registered following a complaint filed by one Jayakumar Hiremath based on CAG report in 2012 – on denotification of land by government and allotment of sites by Bangalore Development Authority.

The complaint was filed with the Lokayukta by Hiremath in 2014. During the hearing, Yeddyurappa’s counsel C V Nagesh had submitted that the Lokayukta police, who are investigating the illegal land notification cases against Yeddyurappa, does not enjoy the authority to file FIRs just on the basis of CAG report, which is the property of the legislature.
“The Lokayukta police does not have any right to register FIRs based on CAG report because it is the property of the legislature,” Nagesh had contended.

Moreover, the legislature also had not discussed the CAG report implicating Yeddyurappa for allegedly notifying certain lands and not arrived at any decision whether to investigate the allegations or not, Nagesh had submitted.

“The legislature has not taken up the matter for discussion and as a result haven’t even arrived at any decision to initiate investigation into the allegations made by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). On this ground, the Lokayukta police cannot register FIRs,” he had submitted.

Further, Nagesh had said that as per Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act, the mere issuing of order to denotify land is not an act of offence, and moreover, the Yeddyurappa government had withdrawn the order later.

Also, the laws say that a competent authority, including a person of stature of a minister or a Chief Minister is the competent authority to issue land denotification orders, Nagesh had argued.

Karnataka government had approached the Supreme Court in the matter, to which the apex court had asked the High Court to ‘expeditiously’ decide pleas relating to registration of FIRs.

15 Comments

    • Mango man – “Now congies have no other option bu to blame the court itself.!!”

      Why blame anybody? Yeddyurappa is clean. The 300 acre coffee plantation gifted by him to shobha is also clean!!

  1. The true story is like this:
    When full fledged Karnataka government formed by BJP under Yadiyurappa’s leadership and winning so many subsequent by elections, congress wanted to check mate BJP. It was clear when it appointed notorious Bharadwaj (who had allowed Quttrochi case to let loose) that he is going to trouble Yaddi. Everyday there was one or the other issue and he was biting Yaddi. Yaddi lost concentration on controlling the administration and spent most of time thinking how to tackle the governor. Actually chief minister and governor together should work for the people of state but unfortunately congress choose other way. One led to other, so many cases filed against Yaddi and finally he need had to resign and that was dooming BJP.

    Now that all FIRs got cancelled, will congress apologise to Yaddi? Any ‘intolerant’ people will voice now? I am not at all a fan of Yaddi but want to reflect what was the root cause of BJP downfall in the state.

    Jai congress!!!!!! You are beautifully cunning!!!!!

    • Ravi Muscat – “The true story is like this:”!

      Sir, the true story is that the Lokayukta Police, under Santosh Hegde, had filed FIR based only on the ACG report. This was procedurally incorrect. Now, the police will have to make investigation independent of the ACG report and file FIR in all the cases again!

      WOULD YOU EXPLAIN THE SOURCE OF FUNDS FOR SHOBHA KARANDLAJE, FROM A KOOLI EARNING FAMILY, FOR PURCHASING 300 ACRES OF COFFEE PLANTATION IN COORG? CAN YOU TELL FROM WHERE YEDDYURAPPA AMASSED 5000 CRORES OF WEALTH?

    • More facts
      Yeddi was a school teacher who moved from Shikaripura to Shimoga city with a small bag in hand & 2 kids on shoulder. When kids were young his wife died which was protruded as suicide but the well she died was a borewell in which a person of her size can fit tightly vertically.When a lawyer questioned this in court the court got dragged till yeddi was in power & hushed under the carpet.

  2. BJP comes to power and the Gujarat riot cases against Shah are dismissed. Now the cases against Yediyurapaa are dismissed. One justice system for the rulers and another justice system for the ruled.

  3. When full fledged Karnataka government formed by BJP under Yadiyurappa’s leadership and winning so many subsequent by elections, congress wanted to check mate BJP. -Mr.Ravi Muscat

    Sir, The debut Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka formed through ‘operational Kamala’ buying MLA from Reddy’s illicit money. BJP government came to power due to compulsion of Kannadigas who want teach Gowdas betrayal after holy wedding.

    Citizens of Karnataka is voted BJP for change.But without couple month in power they have showed the other side of coin by attacking Churches. Most of the assembly is held in ‘RESORTS’ ,whenever there are its MLA’s are glued to mobiles watching porn.

    When farmers are suiciding Yeddy is busy with denotification of lands. he can stake the claim of being the single-most harassed chief minister, perpetually besieged by either from Governor H R Bhardwaj, the BJP headquarters-backed factions, the Reddy brothers or his own children’s predilection for illegally acquiring Bangalore Development Authority plots. He’s had so many occasions to weep that Yeddyurappa has often seemed less CM than a overwrought patriarch in a Kannada serial – without the glycerin.

    Kannadigas must be enjoying ‘Good governance’ even before Modi promised. Despite 3 Chief Minister and 2 Deputy Chief minister they can’t deliver ‘Aache Din’. Reddy went to jail and Kamala Withered.

    How can you blame for Congress for BJP,when there own ministers found in Chumma,raping friends wife,Shadi sex dokha, explicit movie addicts?

    Now all cases against Denotification is dropped,now stakes for next CM post is clear.

    Jai Hind

  4. They want ONLY rich Christian countries – to live and procreate like Rabbits.-Mr.Praveen

    Sir,The 1951 UNHCR Convention drafted relating to the Status of Refugees defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states.The 1967 Protocol removed geographical and temporal restrictions from the Convention. To make your misunderstanding clear,there are no boundaries set on the religious line for refugees.

    Where it comes richness of ‘Christian’ countries you mentioned,go back to the history of colonial period which they occupied 90% of the globe. To date there are many Christian black countries in Africa are forced to pay taxes Which can’t feed its own people. For Europe, the immediate outlook “doesn’t look very positive,” according to Angus Deaton, the winner of this year’s Nobel economics prize.Take the example of Greece one of the worst debtor before the refugees set in.Norway,Switzerland,Germany,UK are very few countries can withstand the current economic crisis.In order recover the economic turmoil they have already started recolonised the African countries.Once prosperous nation of Libya has already invaded by France and entire north Africa risk of terror. They have not only removed the dictator,but billions of Gold bullion and oil money is been grabbed.Today Libya and Iraq are performing worse than when it is run by dictators.Let’s forget the ‘weapons of mass destruction’,’axis of evil’,’ chemical weapon’ and supply weapons for mass destruction as long as perfection of weapons prove killing more innocents.

    Praveen Sir,What is the point of “richness” when your own neighbour go hunger? The destiny of refugee can be tommorrow can be anyone’s fate no matter there are no wars but natural calamity alone being considered.

    You have full privilege to post and enjoy the plight of destiny of someone in distress.

    Dude you need to grow up and stop being such a “man child”.

    Hope almighty show you the right path and ability to understand the means of humanity.

    Jai Hind

    • Sharia Shaikh,

      Saudi Arabia and other rich gulf countries are not taking any syrian refugees. Lecture your wealthy muslim brothers in Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries to take in syrian refugees and take care of their poor muslim brothers and sisters in Africa and Asia instead of squandering the oil money on …… in the West.

      • Saudi Arabia and other rich gulf countries are not taking any syrian refugees.-Mr.Roy

        Sir,The unease created by facts on this human rights tragedy has allowed specious analysis on Saudi Arabia’s and other Gulf States’ response to the crisis to proliferate throughout the West’s media. Thanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees–a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a “Great Arabian Wall.”

        Western Media’s Miscount of Saudi Arabia’s Syrian Refugees
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anhvinh-doanvo/europes-crisis-refugees_b_8175924.html

        Syria’s refugee crisis in numbers
        https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/syrias-refugee-crisis-in-numbers/

        With Saudi Arabia’s non-signatory status, the Syrians residing in Saudi Arabia are classified as “Arab brothers and sisters in distress” instead of refugees covered by UN treaties. According to Nabil Othman, the UNHCR regional representative to the Gulf region, there were 500,000 Syrian refugees in Saudi Arabia at the time of his statement. The government itself of Saudi Arabia has stated that it has, over the past five years since the start of the conflict hosted 2.5 million refugees.

        Because the noted treaties establish treatment standards for refugees, some might raise concerns regarding the conditions that Saudi Arabia’s refugees may be living in. However, Al-Arabiya, a news outlet based in the UAE, has noted that “Saudi authorities granted Syrians the right of residency and work, and provided them with education and health services for free.” According to the Saudi government, over 100,000 children are currently receiving education in the country’s schools. Saudi Arabia is not alone in attempts to provide education for the refugees, with Lebanon now providing schooling for another 100,000 child refugees.

        This entire matter has been quite illustrative of the pitiful proliferation of modern-day yellow journalism, where even the most bizarre misconceptions are palatable enough to become part of mainstream political debates.

        Kindly request you authenticate your claims with valid source, instead of spreading misconception. Also do not link the refugee crisis with religion but equate with humanity.Only human can understand the pain of human better with the superior power Almighty has given to us.

        My lectures may not be worth reading but it do contains valid references.

        Jai Hind

    • Dude you need to grow up and stop being such a “man child”. Hope almighty show you the right path and ability to understand the means of humanity. – Mr. Shaikh

      Oh well, IF ONLY the Almighty had shown your wayward bros the RIGHT “path” and the “ability to understand the means of humanity”, we wouldn’t have seen the frigging Caliphate and ISIS/daesh.

      And THERE you go about calling me a “man child”! And the Daesh wouldn’t have posed their kids toting deadly assault rifles Jeez! And you are quite OK with that! Are you for real, man?

      Btw, did Norway & Switzerland have any colonies?

      They have not only removed the dictator,but billions of Gold bullion and oil money is been grabbed. – Mr. Shaikh

      Well, any proof about that? Wasn’t that much beloved Dictator called Muammar Gaddafi supposed to sit pretty on something like 200 Billion USD? And hey, have you heard about his pretty and prettier girley-girleys? Now, that is sitting or squatting pretty on some mighty booty, eh? 😉

      Hmmm… so black Christian countries pay taxes, eh? If the citizens don’t pay their taxes, who will? Gaddafi’s billions? Saddam’s minions with their billions? Or Praveena? And those taxes can’t feed the local populace, eh? Well, they could use some skilled labor. The migrants could look towards Aaaaprica too. What say?

      Praveen Sir,What is the point of “richness” when your own neighbour go hunger? – Mr. Shaikh

      Umm… that q could be better answered by the GCC. But then, you know – you NEVER know whom you let into your backyard these days. Those jehadi’s are hell bent on getting their promised gifts in ‘heaven’. And by Kaboom… they will do it – JUSt to get there, and never mind the fact that THAT notion is STRANGER than the movie -The Martian’ winning an award for the BEST COMEDY MOVIE. Hence, I’m of the express opinion that the GCC has been very wise indeed!

      Over to your next query, please!

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