Bangalore, Nov 17: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today appeared before the Lokayukta Special Court in connection in connecting with the hearing of a private complaint against him alleging illegal denotification of prime land when he was at the helm.
An advocate Sirajin Basha had filed five comlaints against the leader listing illegal denotification, land scam and corruption when he was the Chief Minister from 2008 to 2010. Mr Yeddyurappa's sons B Y Vijendra, Lok Sabha member B Y Raghavendra, son-in-law Sohan Kumar and former Minister Krishnaiah Shetty, the other accused in the case, also appeared before the court.
Judge N K Sudhindra Rao adjourned the case for further hearing to December 15. Mr Basha in his complaint alleged that Mr Yeddyurappa and Shetty, using their official power, had denotified lands at Rachenahalli originally acquired by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for building a Housing colony.
The land was illegally denotified and sold to Raghavendra who in turn sold it at an exorbitant price to a Jindal Group Mining company. It was alleged in the complaint that Mr Yeddyurappa and his family received Rs 20 crore for the land against the market value of about Rs one crore.
The deal was also quoted in the report as illegal mining submitted by former Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde. The High Court has already granted anticipatory bail to all the accused in this case.