From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Nov 3: After a three-week stint in jail under judicial custody in connection with the corruption cases filed against him before the Karnataka Lokayukta Special Court judge Justice N K Sundhindra Rao, the State High Court has granted conditional bail to the former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in one of the cases filed against him on alleged irregularities in denotifying lands.
However, Yeddyurappa will have to stay in the jail, as hearing on another bail application in the fourth complaint against him was postponed till Friday.
The former Chief Minister was arrested on October 15 as his application for seeking anticipatory bail was rejected by the Lokayukta Special Court. But Yedddyurappa spent the first three days in hopping from hospital to hospital due to health problems.
The State High Court, which took up hearing on the bail application filed by Yeddyucarappa in connection with the third private complaint lodged against him, granted him bail in respect of the third private complaint filed against him.
Justice B V Pinto, who heard the bail application, allowed the plea and directed the former Chief Minister, who has been in judicial custody in the Parappana Agrahara jail since the last 20 days, to furnish a surety of Rs 5 lakh and not to tamper with evidence. He has been also asked to furnish two other sureties of Rs 5 lakh each and not to go abroad.
Incidentally, Yeddyurappa was not produced before the High Court on Thursday while another accused, former minister S N Krishnaiah Setty, as well as Yeddyurappa’s sons B Y Raghavendra, Shimoga BJP MP, and B Y Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar and the other accused were produced before the court.
The court issued notice to the Parappana Agrahara Jail Superintendent to explain why the former Chief Minister was not produced before court, which did not accept the contention that of lack of police personnel as the reason.
The Lokayukta court had earlier dismissed the bail application of Yeddyurappa, against whom it had issued summons in two private complaints regarding alleged irregularities in denotification of government land for pecuniary gains.
Facing arrest, Yeddyurappa had surrended before the Lokyukta court, where advocate Sirajin Basha had filed the complaints.
Meanwhile, hearing on three other cases against the former Chief Minister have been postponed till November 15.