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Lokayukta court to hear complaint against Yeddyurappa today

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Thursday is likely to be the busiest day for the Special Lokayukta court since criminal complaints were filed against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, his sons B.Y. Raghavendra and Vijayendra, son-in-law R.N. Sohan Kumar as well as the former Minister S.N. Krishnaiah Setty on January 22.

The entire litany of complaints and counter-complaints against some of the biggest names in the State's political circuit that followed the complaint against the Chief Minister will come up for hearing before the court on this single day.

The cases that will come up before 24 {+t} {+h} Additional Sessions Judge Chandrashekar Hipparagi involve charges of nepotism, land grab, illegal denotification of land and illegal mining against a former Prime Minister, two former Chief Ministers and the Home Minister apart from Mr. Yeddyurappa and others.

The complaints against Mr. Yeddyurappa, his kin and associates, who have been accused of causing a loss of Rs. 465.32 crore to the State exchequer, is expected to be the first to come up for hearing. The complaint against Home Minister R. Ashok, who has been accused by RTI activist M. Manjunath of causing the exchequer a loss of Rs. 25 crore by illegally acquiring 25,000 square feet of government land, may be taken up next.

The third case to be heard is likely to be that against senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and his adopted son Maninder Singh, who have been accused of grabbing agricultural land by a farmer. The last case to be heard is against the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, his son and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy as well as their family members.

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