Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, Oct 21 asked a trial court in Shimoga to go ahead with its trial against the former Karnataka Chief Minister in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) case.
A local magistrate court earlier had quashed the First Information Report (FIR) lodged against Yeddyurappa accusing him of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The FIR alleged that he has taken over forest land in Shimoga. However, the trial court had dismissed the FIR, saying required sanctions and approvals had not been taken to file a case against him. However, the Karnataka High Court has ruled against the quashing, and asked the magistrate to take up this case afresh.
Karnataka HC asked session court to go ahead with a trial against Yeddyurappa
It seems that after AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, Yeddyurappa too may go to jail. It would be embarrassing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who reportedly had played a crucial role in Yeddyurappa's come back in BJP.
Jayalalithaa recently has been released from Bangalore jail. She was convicted in a disproportionate assets case. Following her conviction, she was forced to resign as Tamil Nadu CM and she also has been barred from contesting elections for 6 years.
Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka CM and later he quit BJP following several disputes over his alleged involvement in many corruption cases. He was arrested and was lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail in Bangalore. Later he was released on bail.
He re-joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2014. He won the election from Shimoga. Yeddyurappa is one of the strongest leaders and politicians in Karnataka. His arrest may change political equation in Karnataka and India as well.
Commenting on the high court's latest order, Yeddyurappa on Tuesday said, "These are false allegations, land was purchased 14-15 years ago." He also added, "I have 100% confidence in judiciary, court will take its decision."
Meanwhile, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep Dikshit, who is a Congress leader, said, "We welcome court's judgement. PM is the one who called him back into BJP, PM must answer what endeared him to get Yeddyurappa back?"