Supreme Court allows Yeddyurappa to withdraw his plea

Supreme Court allows Yeddyurappa to withdraw his plea

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to withdraw his petition challenging summons issued against him by a Lokayukta court in a land denotification case.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice T S Thakur treated his petition “dismissed as withdrawn” on a plea made by the advocate of the senior BJP leader.
The advocate told the court that the petition had become infructuous following the HC order quashing the case.

The HC had this month quashed 15 FIRs lodged against Yeddyurappa by the Lokayukta police in relation to denotification of land.

In the instant case, the apex court had, on March 11 last year, slapped Rs 15,000 as costs on Bengaluru resident Sirajin Basha for failing to respond to the petition by Yeddyurappa against the nod for his prosecution.

Yeddyurappa had challenged the Karnataka High Court order of November 29, 2013, dismissing his petitions against the summons issued by the special court on February 23, 2012.

Basha had filed a complaint against the then chief minister alleging illegal gratification in denotification of land.

Sanction for prosecution

The complainant had also obtained sanction from the Governor for prosecution of
Yeddyurappa on January 21, 2011.

Recently, the State government had challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court, staying the Lokayukta investigation against Yeddyurappa into three cases relating to land denotification in Bengaluru.

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