Court quashes notice to ex-MLA

Yogeeshwara allegedly filed false affidavit before Election Commission

Yogeeshwara had challenged the notice issued by the AC on February 26, 2007 who sought an explanation from him regarding assests of his megacity projects. Hearing the matter Justice Anand Byrareddy observed that the AC had no authority to seek explanations after the elections were over.

“The returning officer’s duty will become functus officio once elections are over, and results are declared. He will resume his duty as assistant commissioner. Only the Election Commissioner has the power to initiate inquiry against the petitioner after the elections are over,” the court observed.

Ravindra Belur had complained before the Election Commission alleging that in 2004 Assembly elections, C P Yogeeshwara had filed a false affidavit regarding his assets while filing nomination papers as a Congress candidate to the Chennapattana Assembly Constituency.

The EC had issued notice to Yogeeshwara on October 19, 2006 and Yogeeshwara had filed a reply to the commission and denied the allegation. The EC had directed the RO to conduct fresh inquiry into the matter. Hence, RO had issued fresh notice to the ex-MLA

Harassment

The High Court has ordered an inquiry into the alleged harassment of an undertrial in the Bangalore Central Prisons at Parappana Agrahara, following a letter to the High Court by the undertrial’s wife.

The letter stated that the undertrial, Dinnu, was beaten and tortured by the prison authorities. The Court, which treated the matter as a habeas corpus petition, has ordered the Director General of Police, Corps of Detectives, to probe into the matter and report within a week.

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