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K'taka HC grants Yeddyurappa, kin anticipatory bail

June 21, 2012 17:26 IST
The Karnataka high court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, his two sons and son-in-law in relation to the illegal mining case. 

The order, which was deferred on Wednesday, was pronounced by Justice Subhash B Adi   

Yeddyurappa had moved the Karnataka HC seeking anticipatory after the CBI took over the investigation into the illegal mining scam and also some cases pertaining to denotification of lands during his tenure as CM.

His first application for anticipatory bail was filed before the special Central Bureau of Investigation court, but was rejected after the probe agency argued as to why it was important that Yeddyurappa be arrested in the interest of the case.

The CBI also put out a similar argument before the high court while opposing Yeddyurappa's plea and added that his sons and son-in-law were not cooperative during he probe. The CBI contended that they were evasive in their answers.

The CBI has already questioned Yeddyurappa's kin and also a few other officials who were alleged to be part of the decision-making process, which led to these scams. The CBI is yet to officially issue summons to Yeddyurappa following which they will question him and if the need be take him into custody.

Yeddyurappa however contended that they would cooperate with the CBI probe.

The CBI registered an FIR against them after the Supreme Court on May 11 directed it to probe charges of granting undue favours to firms involved in illegal mining in lieu of donations to Prerana Trust, a charitable trust run by Yeddyurappa 's kin.

Vicky Nanjappa