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Relief to Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, Supreme Court stays arrest in corruption case

Karnataka High Court, by which it had allowed restoration of the criminal complaint against the Yediyurappa.

January 27, 2021 / 08:15 PM IST
Karntaka CM BS Yediyurappa (Image: Twitter @BSYBJP)

Karntaka CM BS Yediyurappa (Image: Twitter @BSYBJP)

In a relief to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and former minister for industries Murugesh Nirani, the Supreme Court Wednesday protected them from arrest in a case pertaining to alleged forgery over withdrawal of approval for a parcel of land in the state. The top court however refused to stay the January 5 order of Karnataka High Court, by which it had allowed restoration of the criminal complaint against the Yediyurappa.

You (Yediyurappa) are a sitting Chief Minister. Who can issue arrest warrant against you, the top court observed. A bench of Chief Justice Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which issued notices to complainants, one A Alam Pasha and others, in the case agreed to examine the pleas of Yediyurappa and Nirani challenging the order of the high court restoring the complaint.

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Issue notice. There shall be stay of arrest in the meantime, the bench said in its order. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Yediyurappa, said the appeal raises a legal question whether a court can proceed under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against a public servant without prior sanction on the ground that he had demitted the office, which he had allegedly used for commission of offence .