Bail to BSY challenged in apex court

The matter will come up for hearing before a Division Bench on December 5. The petition has been filed by Sirajin Basha, who had filed five private complaints against Yeddyurappa in the Special Lokayukta Court. Most of the cases relate to illegal denotification of land by Yeddyurappa, to benefit his sons and close aides.

The High Court had earlier granted bail to Yeddyurappa in two of the private complaints filed by Basha, after he challenged the decision of the Special Lokayukta Court, which had rejected his bail application.

The SLP has been filed in the Supreme Court with respect to one private complaint, in which Yeddyurappa is the main accused and was granted bail. Fourteen others accused in the case are already out on bail.

The SLP contends that two different Benches of the High Court of Karnataka had given different judgments in the same case.

When Yeddyurappa applied for anticipatory bail, Justice L Narayanswamy had rejected it, citing prima facie evidence and that he might tamper with evidence as he was still an influential person. However, when the matter came up before Justice B V Pinto, bail was granted saying that the evidence submitted was in the form of documents and could not be tampered with.

The petition also said the decision of the High Court to grant bail amounted to interference in the working of the trial court.

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