The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday allowed the reinstatement of corruption cases against top BJP leaders in the state including former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, former state BJP president K S Eshwarappa and members of their families.
A series of corruption cases filed before the Lokayukta by advocate B Vinod had been dismissed in February by a special Lokayukta court in the district of Shimoga for various reasons, including lack of prior sanction to file the complaint against the leaders who were earlier the chief minister and deputy chief minister of Karnataka.
Following four appeals filed against the order of the Shimoga Lokayukta court, Justice Anand Byrareddy of the Karnataka High Court allowed reinstatement of the corruption cases against the BJP leaders.
Yeddyurappa and Eshwarappa, both of whom hail from Shimoga, have been accused of usurping vast tracts of government and forest land during their tenure in Karnataka between 2008 to 2013.
Others accused include Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra, currently an MLA in the state legislature, and his daughters B S Umadevi and S Y Arunadevi. On Eshwarappa’s side, his son K E Kanthesh and daughter-in-law R Shalini have been named in the cases. Retired IFS officer Nagaraj Hampole and the former state forest secretary Meera Saxena have been accused of complicity.
In criminal revision petitions in the Karnataka HC, the advocate had argued that there was no need to obtain the Governor’s sanction at the time of filing the complaints against the BJP leaders since they were not holding public offices at the time of filing the complaint.