Plea against quashing FIRs: BSY gets 4 weeks to reply

Plea against quashing FIRs: BSY gets 4 weeks to reply

Plea against quashing FIRs: BSY gets 4 weeks to reply

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted four weeks time to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to respond to a petition by the state government challenging the High Court’s order that had quashed as many as 15 FIRs against him by the Lokayukta for denotification of land.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and D Y Chandrachud allowed a plea by senior advocate K V Vishwanathan, representing the senior BJP leader, for more time to file the affidavit to the special leave petition by the state government.

The apex court had on July 12 issued notice to Yeddyurappa on the petition as well as an interim application for staying the Karnataka HC's January 5 order. Allowing a batch of 15 petitions, the HC's single judge bench had held the CAG report could not be the basis for registration of FIRs relating to denotification of lands acquired by BDA in Bilekahalli, Halagavaderahalli, J B Kaval and other places in Bengaluru when he was the chief minister.

 In its petition filed through advocate Joseph Aristotle, the Karnataka government contended that there would be “enormous loss” to the state exchequer as the on-going investigation was on the basis of other materials and did not solely rely on the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General report.

It had claimed that the police attached to the Lokayukta were authorised to investigate the offences by virtue of notification issued under Section 17 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. There is no restriction on the source of information disclosing a cognisable offence, it stated.

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