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Lawyers file criminal cases against Yeddyurappa

Lawyers file criminal cases against Yeddyurappa
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First Published: Sat, Jan 22 2011. 05 42 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Jan 22 2011. 05 42 PM IST
Bangalore: Two petitions were filed in a special Lokayukta court here accusing Karnataka chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa for his prosecution in alleged land scams on Saturday.
The two advocates Sirajin Basha and K. N. Balaraj filed the appeals after the governor H. R. Bhardwaj permitted for prosecution of the chief minister by court of law on Friday evening.
“We have filed two complaints today. We are planning to file a total of six petitions. Remaining we will do it on Monday,” the Sirajin told reporters after filing the petition in the court premises.
Yeddyurappa, his two sons B.Y. Raghavendra, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of parliament from Shimoga and B.Y. Vijayendra are among the people against whom the complaints are filed.
The complaints have been filed under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Criminal Procedure Code.
The advocates on 28 December had written to Bhardwaj, appealing for sanction to launch criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa over corruption charges. The duo had submitted documents running into 1,700 pages and claimed the papers established over 100 cases of nepotism, misconduct and corruption by Yeddyurappa, his two sons and a few colleagues, including home minister R. Ashok.
The governor had also rejected a 19 January cabinet resolution asking him to drop prosecution proceedings against Yeddyurappa defending that he was entitled to act independently.
Responding to developments, the chief minister said that a team of BJP Lok Sabha members elected from Karnataka and national leaders would be visiting President Pratibha Patil on Monday to urge for recall of Bharadwaj. He stated that he would not resign under the circumstances.
A BJP senior member said the party would be filing an appeal in the court on Monday challenging the governor’s order.
Meanwhile, BJP also called for state bandh to protest the governor’s order turned violent Buses were burnt, stones were pelted and shops were attacked across Karnataka.
Bangalore city police commissioner Shankar Bidari imposed prohibitory orders in the state capital for two days, banning assembly of five or more persons at a place.
bhargavi.k@livemint.com
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First Published: Sat, Jan 22 2011. 05 42 PM IST