POCSO case: Special court issues non-bailable warrant against BS Yediyurappa

Meanwhile, the complainant’s son moved the high court urging it to direct the CID to arrest Yediyurappa.
Former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa
Former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa (File Photo | PTI)

BENGALURU: The special court to try cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former chief minister and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa on Thursday.

Judge NM Ramesh passed the order after hearing an application filed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing a POCSO case registered against Yediyurappa. In the application, the CID stated that Yediyurappa did not appear for an inquiry despite its notice.

Sadashivanagar police booked Yediyurappa under Section 8 of the POCSO Act and Section 354A of the IPC based on a complaint filed on March 14, 2024, by the mother of a 17-year-old girl.

In the complaint, she alleged that Yediyurappa sexually assaulted her daughter on February 2, 2024, at his house in Dollars Colony in the city.

Before issuing the warrant, the court noted that the police had issued the notice to the accused under Section 41(A) of CrPC, stating that there was no need for his arrest. The court questioned the prosecution why police were seeking issuance of NBW now after keeping mum all these days. 

Special public prosecutor Ashok Naik submitted that the accused did not appear for investigation on Wednesday (June 12) and he is trying to cover up the case. He alleged that the accused attempted to destroy evidence by offering Rs 2 lakh to the complainant.

There was an attempt to delete the video of the act committed by the accused, which was recorded by the complainant. As a powerful politician, Yediyurappa may influence the witnesses. The accused could have appeared before the investigating officer and there was no need for him to go to Delhi ignoring the CID notice. It is difficult to arrest the accused without a warrant as he is out of the state, Naik argued.

Meanwhile, the complainant’s son moved the high court urging it to direct the CID to arrest Yediyurappa. He filed the petition as his mother (complainant) passed away recently.

He appealed to the court to direct the investigating agency to collect all digital evidence, including CCTV footage, memory card, hard disc, etc., related to the case. He urged the court to direct the investigating agency to expedite its investigation and file a chargesheet within a month. The petition is likely to come up for hearing soon.

HC to hear Yediyurappa’s pleas today

Former CM Yediyurappa filed two petitions before the high court in the POCSO case. In one petition, he sought quashing the FIR against him under the provisions of the IPC and POCSO Act. In another, he appealed to the court to grant him anticipatory bail. Both petitions will come up for hearing on Friday.

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