Karnataka HC adjourns BS Yeddyurappa's petition to Aug 13

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Bangalore, Aug 10: The Karnataka High Court today gave the CBI time till Aug 13 to file objections to a petition filed by BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa in which he has sought relaxation of one of the conditions of the anticipatory bail granted to him in the mining case.

The former Chief Minister of the state, who allegedly misused his public office by helping mining barons and corporates, is supposed to seek the court's permission each time he goes outside Bangalore.

Yeddyurappa pleaded that such prior permission should not be mandatory. However, Justice Subhash B Adi adjourned the petition to Aug 13.

The Supreme Court had asked the CBI on May 11 to initiate an enquiry against Yeddyurappa for de-notifying land and receiving donations by trusts run by his family members for grant of mining leases.

Two firms - JSW Steel, South West Mining Company - and lease holder S Praveen Chandra are to come under the ambit of the investigations.

The apex court directed the CBI to look into the Rs 20 crore donation made by South West Mining Company to Prerana Education Society. Yeddurappa's role in the controversial Rachenahalli land denotification and its sale to South West Mining Company by his sons will also be probed.

"The CBI shall undertake an investigation in a most fair, proper and unbiased manner uninfluenced by the stature of the persons and the political or corporate clout, involved in the present case. It will be open to the CBI to examine and inspect the records of any connected matter pending before any investigating agency or any court," Justices Aftab Alam and Swatanter Kumar said.

On Jun 21, the High Court granted Yeddyurappa anticipatory bail subject to certain conditions. Later, the CBI appealed to the Supreme Court to cancel his anticipatory bail but the agency's plea was dismissed on Aug 6.

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