Three more complaints filed against Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Jan 24 (PTI) In fresh trouble for KarnatakaChief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, three more private complaintswere today filed in a city court against him and some of hisfamily members in connection with alleged corruption indenotification of land.

The complaints registered in the 23rd Additional CityCivil and Sessions Judge C B Hipparagi, who is also thespecial judge for lokayukta cases, listed three offences eachrelating to alleged illegal land deals.

With this, a total of five private complaints havebeen filed against Yeddyurappa, who became the first everchief minister in Karnataka''s history to face prosecution oncorruption charges.

The complainant, Sirajin Basha, one of the twoadvocates who had secured sanction from Governor H R Bhardwajfor prosecuting the chief minister, has named Yeddyurappa asthe common accused in all the complaints.

The name of the chief minister''s sons B Y Raghavendra,MP, B Y Vijayendra, his son-in-law Sohan Kumar, formerminister S N Krishnaiah Setty, Bharathi Shetty MLC, Dr DHemachandra Sagar MLA also figure in the complaint.

The complainant also named some of the developers andcompanies including Bhagath Homes, Davalagiri PropertyDevelopers, Adarsh Developers, Balaji Krupa Enterprises,Sahayadri Health Care and Diagnostics, as among thebeneficiaries of the land deals.

In all five complaints, enlisting 15 crimes and naming27 accused with some names common in these complaints, havebeen filed before the court since Saturday, a day after theGovernor gave his controversial sanction for prosecution, thathas intensified the political battle between BJP and him.

The complainant alleged that the Chief Minister hadabused his power and position to "secure illegal pecuniarygains to his kith and kin" and had in the process "flouted allrules, regulations and settled procedured causing irreparabledamage to the ex-chequer of the state".

Citing the various instances the complainant allegedthat they revealed a "clear nexus between the accused persons.

"The instances reveal alleged cases of cheating,criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, abuse ofofficial position, loss to the state exchequer, securingillegal monetary gain for kith and kin by high ranking publicservants", all of which are liable to be punished undervarious penal provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Preventionof Corruption Act and other relevant acts, he submitted.

The illegal acts had resulted in monetary gain of overRs 189 crore to the beneficiaries and a loss of over Rs 465crore to the state exchequer, the complainant alleged.

Due to the huge amount of documents to be processed,list of accused and witnesses, the court has posted the threecomplaints for report from the court''s office and possiblehearing to the first week of February. .

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