Karnataka HC reserves order on Yeddyurappa bail plea

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Bangalore, Aug 27: The Karnataka High Court today reserved its order on the anticipatory bail application of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who will appear before Lokayuta tomorrow to face allegations of denotification of government land for "personal gains".

Justice L Narayana Swamy after hearing counsel, reserved his order on the anticipatory bail plea to August 29.

The Special Lokyukta Court on August 8 had ordered issue of summons to Yeddyurappa to appear before it on August 27, on a private complaint filed by city-based advocate Sirajin Basha.

Earlier, Yeddyurappa''s counsel and noted Supreme Court Advocate U U Lalit submitted that denotification was a collective decision involving many departments, including the Bangalore Development Authority and not an individual decision taken by Yeddyurappa.

"Merely taking a decision is not illegal," he argued.

Terming the case as one loaded with "political overtones", Lalit cited a Supreme Court judgement in the Gurbaksh Singh case and submitted "today political battles are fought in criminal courts. Liberty of an individual should not get prejudiced."

PTI

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