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SC stays criminal proceedings against Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa in land denotification case

 A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian suspended the operation of the High Court's order of March 21 which restored the criminal case.

SC stays criminal proceedings against Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa in land denotification case-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 5, 2021, 1:10 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Monday stayed trial proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and others in a land denotification case.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian suspended the operation of the High Court's order of March 21 which restored the criminal case.

The Karnataka HC had on Wednesday rejected Yeddyurappa’s petition seeking quashing of criminal case.

The case allegedly involving Yediyurappa refers to land in north Bengaluru taluk in an SEZ area. The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board had acquired the land in 2006 and denotified it later. The key allegation is that the leaders misused their position and caused losses to the state exchequer through waiver of service charges and development fee.

The High court had set aside an order passed by a special court for Lokayukta cases and had directed it to proceed with trial on the basis of the charge sheet filed by the Lokayukta Police in 2012.

The complaint in the case was filed by M Alam Basha.

Allowing his petition, Justice John Michael Cunha quashed the order passed by the special court and directed it to proceed with trial.

The HC had directed Lokayukta court to monitor the investigation in respect of alleged misconduct of public servants, including MPs and MLAs, in the denotification of the acquired land.

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