BSY withdraws petitions against HC order for probe

Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday withdrew his two petitions, challenging the order of the High  Court of Karnataka, which allowed the Lokayukta police to probe his role in land allotments in Shivamogga district.

A bench of Justices P C Ghosh and R K Agrawal treated the matter “dismissed as withdrawn” after the counsel representing the BJP vice-president submitted that the petitioner wanted to withdraw two special leave petitions challenging the HC order passed on October 21 this year.

The court, however, kept open the question of law raised in the petitions. The High Court had allowed the Lokayukta police probe against Yeddyurappa and others, on a petition challenging the Lokayukta court order dismissing complaints against them with regard to land denotification in Shivamogga district.

The HC had set aside the Shivamogga Lokayukta court order which had dismissed complaints against Yeddyurappa and B Y Raghavendra - Yeddyurappa’s son and MLA - accusing them of purchasing land through illegal means. The HC had ordered the Lokayukta police to initiate an inquiry into the matter. A Shivamogga-based advocate had filed the complaints against the former chief minister.

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