Court sets aside private complaint against BS Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Oct 10: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday set aside a private complaint filed against former BJP chief minister B S Yeddyurappa by JD(S) leader YSV Datta in the Lokayukta court, a report published in the Deccan Herald said on Wednesday. Justice K N Keshavanarayana gave the ruling on the grounds that no sanction was obtained before to prosecute Yeddyurappa, who now leads the Karnataka Janatha Paksha.

The court said the Supreme Court has directed that a private complaint should be associated with sanctions and since this case is without any, the Lokayukta court has "no jurisdiction to entertain the matter", according to the report.

This is not the first instance of Yeddyurappa getting a breather from the high court.

In March 2012, the high court had set aside the Lokayukta report indicting the former chief minister besides the FIR filed on him based on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining by the former Lokayukta, Santosh Hegde.

In April 2011, the high court had granted an interim stay on a lower court order which had taken cognisance of five complaints filed against Yeddyurappa and his family alleging corruption and nepotism.

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