Police absolves Yeddyurappa, others in land scam case

Police absolves Yeddyurappa, others in land scam case

Lokayukta Police today filed a report in the Lokayukta court here absolving former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and State Housing Minister V Somanna of charges in a case relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of land.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Lokayukta), Prasanna V Raju filed his 'B' report before Judge N K Sundhindra Rao, stating Somanna was neither an MLA nor a minister during the period when the land was denotified and therefore there was no case to proceed against him.

Somanna was absolved of charges of "misusing his position" in the case.

Besides Somanna and Yeddyurappa, the other accused in the case, Somanna's wife and landowner Lingaraju have also been absolved of charges in the case.

The court then adjourned the matter to March 29 for further hearing.

Complainant Ravi Krishnareddy, a software engineer, had alleged that Somanna secured denotification of 22 guntas (one gunta is about 1,086 sq ft) of land in Nagadevanahalli in Kengeri Hobli for an educational institution run by his wife, violating rules when Yeddyurappa was chief minister.

After the Lokayukta court took cognisance of the complaint, all the four moved the High Court for anticipatory bail which was granted on January 17.

Yeddyurappa had ordered for denotification of the land on a request by the erstwhile land owner Lingaraju, it was alleged.

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