Don't worry, legal advisors tell CM

Last Updated 24 March 2011, 18:12 IST

The experts, it is learnt, told that Chief Minister that the court was following a routine procedure by entrusting an investigative agency to find out whether there was sufficient material in the complaint. He may not face the embarrassment of being subjected to any interrogation nor he will have to depose before police, the sources claimed.

However, none can predict at this point in what form the FIR to be filed by the police would be. In an FIR, the names of the accused may or may not be mentioned. The nature of suspected offence, and not the name or names of accused can be mentioned. However, things may turn differently, if the police after investigation submits to the court a recommendation that a chargesheet may be filed against the accused in the complaint.

Regardless of the nature of investigation, police officers will find it difficult to question or interrogate a Chief Minister or a minister. In case of Yeddyurappa, he holds the Intelligence wing besides the BDA. Ashoka is holding the Home portfolio. Both of them are facing allegations pertaining to land denotifications. This is one of the main reasons for the Opposition to demand the resignation of Yeddyurappa. JD(S) leader Y S V Datta said it was high time the Chief Minister steps down because it would be difficult for any investigation agency to summon him for inquiry.

“When Deve Gowda was the Chief Minister and faced the Mysore CITB scam, he stepped down to allow investigation. The CoD, Lokayukta, the HC and SC could not establish the charges against Gowda,” he pointed out. JD(S) party president H D Kumaraswamy said Yeddyurappa should resign on moral grounds.

The police will soon file an FIR against him. He must resign to uphold the dignity of the office of the Chief Minister, he said.

‘No question of resigning’

Yeddyurappa, who has managed to continue in power in spite of adversities, on Thursday said that there was no question of him resigning from his post. Reacting to the Lokayukta special court’s judgement to refer the land scam case he was facing to the Lokayukta police, Yeddyurappa in Bangalore said, “I welcome the judgment. I have belief in the court and the Lokayukta. I have nothing to comment on this. Let the investigation be carried out, and hope the truth will come out.”

(Published 24 March 2011, 18:12 IST)

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