BSY files plea seeking stay on summons

With hardly a week remaining to comply with the summons issued by the Lokayukta Court, the former chief minister has filed another petition, in addition to three petitions, including the anticipatory bail challenging his indictment in the Lokayukta’s illegal mining report and the one seeking the quashing of the Governor’s sanction to prosecute him.

Supreme Court senior counsel U U Lalit, who had appeared for CBI in 2G spectrum scam, is appearing on behalf of Yeddyurappa. He sought a stay on the summons as well as the proceedings.

In his submission, he said the special court taking cognisance was beyond the sanction. He further submitted that the petitioner could not be finger pointed as it was a collective decision and possession of the land was not taken.

“It might be an exercise of power, but not criminal per se,” he submitted and sought a stay on the summons and further proceedings by the Lokayukta court. Justice A S Bopanna,  adjourned the matter to August 26.

In another case, in which he is seeking anticipatory bail in connection with two matters - one relating to the land scam, where he along with 14 other accused have been summoned by the Lokayukta court, and the other relating to the award of contract for Upper Bhadra Project - the High Court adjourned the matter to August 25, with a direction to comply with the office objections raised by the respondents.

Justice L Narayanaswamy, who heard the matter, directed the Lokayukta and respondent Sirajin Basha to file objections by Thursday.

Another case, challenging the Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicting Yeddyurappa, has been adjourned by the division bench to August 25.

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