Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa surrendered before the special Lokayukta court in Bangalore on Saturday evening after a day-long hide-and-seek game with the authorities.
The drama ended late in the afternoon with BSY being sent to judicial custody till October 22.
This is the first time in the state's history that an arrest warrant has been issued against a sitting or a former chief minister.The latest development caps an extraordinary three months for the BJP government, during which Yeddyurappa was forced to step down from the CM's post and three former ministers were jailed on corruption charges.
After the hearing, Yeddyurappa's counsel Ravi B Naik said they would first approach the high court before offering to surrender.
The surrender came after the court refused his bail petition and issued an arrest warrant while passing orders in two private complaints against him.
Yeddyurappa, 68, had skipped the bail hearing, citing health reasons, although his sons and son-in-law were present in court. When a team of police officers led by the Lokayukta deputy SP arrived with a warrant, the former CM was found missing.
It was only around 5pm that he finally surrendered before the Lokayukta court and was taken to the central jail at Parappana Agrahara on the outskirts of the city.
Yeddyurappa has been allotted a 20x14 private cell and underwent a medical check-up after he complained of tiredness.
Lokayukta special judge NK Sudhindra Rao also denied the anticipatory bail plea of former housing minister Es En Krissnaiah Setty on Saturday.
The two complaints allege Yeddyurappa had denotified land in and around the city to financially benefit both his family and Setty.
The court, however, granted bail to 14 others, including his two sons BY Raghavendra (Shimoga MP) and BY Vijayendra, and son-in-law Sohan Kumar.
State BJP President KS Eswarappa admitted that this was a bad day for the BJP but assured that senior party leader LK Advani's yatra in the state would continue unhindered.
Chief minister D Sadananda Gowda said Yeddyurappa's surrender showed his sincerity and that he would come emerge unscathed from this "trial by fire".
Yeddyurappa's team is expected to file a plea challenging the Lokayukta court's order on Monday.