NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Karnataka High Court to hear the illegal denotification of land case against Energy Minister D K Shivakumar expeditiously.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu directed the Karnataka High Court to complete the hearing without giving any adjournments.
In his plea, Shivakumar challenged the High Court order vacating the interim stay given to the Lokayukta police probe against him and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The complaint stated that Shivakumar had purchased notified land measuring four acres and 20 guntas at Benniganahalli village in Bangalore East taluk, which he then got converted for residential purpose and entered into a joint agreement with Puravankara Builders.
The police had registered a case against the Congress MLA and six others under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, Karnataka Restriction of Transfer of Land Act, 1991, and the Indian Penal Code.
The land was denotified by Yeddyurappa on May 13, 2010. The land was acquired for East of NGEF layout in 1986. Shivakumar had purchased this land in 2003.
Social activist T J Abraham and one Kabbale Gowda have filed separate complaints on the matter before the special Lokayukta court.