Bengaluru, Dec 1: Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa has got his passport back.
The passport that was impounded in the year 2012 following his arrest on alleged corruption charges was returned to him by special Lokayukta court which also quashed four FIRs against him.
In the past two weeks, Yeddyurappa has got major relief from the courts. It began with the High Court of Karnataka quashing sanctions accorded against him in a land de-notification case.
Now, the Special Lokayukta court has quashed four FIRs that were lodged against him in the land denotification cases. The court had cited the order of the High Court which had set aside the sanctions that were accorded to prosecute Yeddyurappa.
Last week the Karnataka High Court had quashed the sanctions that were accorded against Yeddyurappa by the then governor of the state, H Bharadwaj.
The High Court had observed that while sanctions were accorded, no proper reasoning was given and hence the same could not be upheld.
The High Court ordered that the matter be referred to the governor once again for fresh consideration. As a result of this order the FIRs that were lodged against Yeddyurappa were quashed by the special Lokayukta court.
Yeddyurappa can fly again:
For Yeddyurappa who has been facing these cases, the verdicts come as a major relief. In fact last week he had even informed that it would be wrong to use the word tainted against his name any more.
When the corruption cases were filed, the court had impounded his passport in the year 2012.
However, with the FIRs being quashed the passport was returned to the former Chief Minister. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the Karnataka BJP with these orders being passed in favour of Yeddyurappa who still is the party's tallest leader in the state.
Yeddyurappa had been quiet due to these pending cases. BJP sources say that with the cases being set aside, he can well return to active politics and lead the party.