CM had unholy nexus with accused, Karnataka HC warns
In a case of corruption and gross abuse of power, the Karnataka High Court said that the investigation by the Lok Ayukta police against the Karnataka CM shall proceed. A petition was filed by him to quash the FIR in the case which was dismissed by the court.
The case relates to Yedyurappa while he was deputy CM in 2006. More than one acre of revenue land earmarked for development activities in RT Nagar was acquired in an illegal act amounting to gross misuse of power.
The CM approached the court to quash the FIR. Justice John Michael D’Cunha dismissed the petition saying it is devoid of merit and gave much weight to the arguments of the prosecution. The court said that the investigation should go on.
The revenue land in question reached the hands of Vimala who is the mother-in-law of former CM Kumaraswamy. She then transferred it to her son. The incident rather was shocking to the public.
During the hearing of the petition in High Court, the complainant Jayakumar, upon whose petition the Lok Ayukta police registered the case, wanted to withdraw the plea on technical grounds. But the court did not accept it when the prosecutor pointed out that it is only a cover up operation to help the CM and the other accused in the case. The prosecution was of the view that it was blatant misuse of power and the CM should not have done so.
The court observed that the offence of corruption was prima facie disclosed from the files.
The court, however, observed that the investigation agency and the lower court must be aware of the unholy alliance the CM maintained with the other accused in the case. Not only that, the Court observed that the CM was unscrupulous and have illegal alliance with them that can be drawn from his proceedings related to the revenue land.
Why does the complainant want to withdraw the petition? the Court asked. The complainant might have been won over by the CM and other accused in the case. The hidden motives of the complainant are evident and he has fallen prey to the allurements of the CM.