In a major setback to Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the High Court on Thursday upheld Governor H.R. Bhardwaj’s sanction to prosecute him and his family members on five private complaints over alleged land scams, holding that it was the “precincts of law“.
In his 200-page common order, Justice K.N. Keshavanarayana dismissed all five petitions filed by Yeddyurappa’s son-in-law Sohan Kumar, sons B.Y. Raghavendra, a Lok Sabha member, and B.Y. Vijayendra, Dhavalagiri Developers, a firm run by them, and beneficiary Akka Mahadevi, challenging the lower court order taking cognisance of the complaints.
The complaints were filed by two city-based advocates Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balaraj after the governor accorded sanction for prosecution of the chief minister and others.
The judge observed the complaints were all right and in “accordance with law” and did not suffer from any “legal infirmity or lacunae”.
Further, upholding the sanction for prosecution accorded by the governor, Justice Keshavanarayana stated that it was very much “maintainable” and within the precincts of law.
Quoting the Supreme Court judgement in the Vineet Narayan case, the judge said the verdict cited seven principles, including probity in public life, running a government efficiently and in an exemplary manner, which needed to be adhered to by all public servants (including the chief minister) for a healthy society. Hindu