BS Yediyurappa Case In Supreme Court, Granted Protection From Arrest In Alam Pasha 26 Acre Complaint
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and his former industries minister Murugesh Nirani on Wednesday were granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court, which took up their petition against the revival of a criminal case against them.
The court, however, refused to override an order by the Karnataka High Court which had allowed the case to be restored earlier this month that accused them of not honouring a commitment to grant 26 acres to a private investor in 2011. The court issued a notice to the complainant as well.
Hearing the petition by Mr Yediyurappa, Chief Justice SA Bobde remarked, "You are a sitting Chief Minister. Who will issue a warrant against you? At most, they can issue a request for you."
However, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi representing the BJP leader, said the restoration of the case left the possibility of an arrest warrant on the table.
In a twin blow for Mr Yediyurappa, the Karnataka High Court on January 6 restored a complaint alleging forgery over the withdrawal of approval for the plot of land and refused to quash an FIR filed against him in an "illegal" land de-notification case of 2015.