Bengaluru, Nov 24: In a major reprieve for former Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday quashed the sanction granted to prosecute him in five cases relating pertaining to de-notification of land.
The Karnataka high court while quashing the sanction accorded to prosecute Yeddyurappa also referred the matter back to the governor for fresh consideration.
There were five private complaints filed against Yeddyurappa citing illegal de-notification of land in Bengaluru. The then governor of the state, H Bharadwaj had accorded sanction to prosecute Yeddyurappa.
However, the High Court on Tuesday observed that the governor had not cited any reason before according sanction. The court also observed that in the order of the governor no reasoning has been given as to why sanction is being accorded.
After sanction was accorded, the matter was taken up by the Lokayukta court. The court while taking congisance of the matter ordered that an inquiry be conducted against the former chief minister.
This was challenged by Yeddyurappa before the Karnataka High Court in which he cited that the sanction by the governor had not cited any reason. In the absence of any reason, it is liable to be quashed Yeddyurappa also contended before the high court.
The High Court while allowing Yeddyurappa's petition stated that the matter be referred back to the governor.
The governor will now have to re-consider the matter and decide on whether sanction should be accorded or not. The five private complaints against Yeddyurappa