BENGALURU: The High Court on Tuesday stayed the proceedings against BJP National Vice-president B S Yeddyurappa by the Lokayukta Special Court in connection with three cases of illegal denotification of land.
While passing this order, Justice Rathnakala admitted Yeddyurappa’s three petitions challenging the FIRs and further proceedings initiated by Lokayukta police last May in three different cases based on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report.
As many as 13 FIRs have been registered against Yeddyurappa and Lokayukta police are yet to file 30 more FIRs based on CAG report. However, the stay is restricted only to the three FIRs.
Assistant Solicitor General of India, Krishna S Dixit, representing the CAG, argued that any other organ of the state, including the judiciary, can make use of the report and that would tantamount to abuse of constitutional scheme.
“Under the constitutional scheme of things, the CAG report is exclusively meant for treatment either by parliament or the state legislature as the case may be,” Dixit added.
On Seized Sugar
The High Court on Tuesday restrained the state government from finalising the bids or creating third party interest with regard to the sugar seized from them.
Hearing the pleas of Godavari Biorefineries Limited and other sugar factories, Justice A S Bopanna passed the interim order. However, he permitted the authorities to receive the bids as per the auction notification.
The High Court on Tuesday stayed an order of the Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments on taking over the Goravanahalli Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in Koratagere taluk of Tumakuru district. Justice A S Bopanna stayed the order passed on August 21 after hearing the petition filed Gorvanahalli Sri Mahalakshmi Re-Constructed Charitable Trust and its trustees.