BSY's advance bail plea hearing put off

The High Court on Friday adjourned the anticipatory bail petitions filed by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his family members in connection with an illegal mining case, to June 18.

Counsel for Yeddyurappa, C V Nagesh said the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) report on illegal mining, on the basis of which Supreme Court directed CBI to probe the matter, is a carbon copy of the first complaint on illegal land denotification case filed by advocate Sirajin Basha. Yeddyurappa has already been granted anticipatory bail and regular bail in this case, he added.

Nagesh said when Yeddyurappa has been granted anticipatory and regular bail in the case on the basis of facts, the court cannot curtail his right to be granted the same in this case. After being granted bail in the complaint on November 8, 2011, there has been no violation of bail conditions whatsoever.

The question of tampering with evidence did not arise as the complaint by Basha was not based on oral evidence but documentary evidence which has already been placed before the jurisdictional court, he added.

Nagesh quoted the March 7 verdict by a Division Bench of the court, to substantiate his argument, whereby the FIR filed by the Lokayukta police was quashed against Yeddyurappa in connection with the Lokayukta report on illegal mining and also sanction of Governor for initiating criminal proceedings against him.

Yeddyurappa had moved the High court after the CBI court dismissed his anticipatory bail petition in the case registered by the CBI on directions from the Supreme Court.

In the month of May, the CBI registered an FIR against Yeddyurappa and others and raided their residential and other premises.

Justice Subhash B Adi adjourned the matter for further arguments on the pleas filed by Yeddyurappa, his sons B Y Raghavendra, MP and B Y Vijayendra and son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar, to Monday.

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