Pursuing the Karnataka governor’s sanction to prosecute chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, three fresh complaints were filed in a local court on Monday in connection with corruption and land scams.
With the fresh complaints, Yeddyurappa has been named in five petitions, charging him with 15 offences including misuse of power and securing alleged illegal pecuniary gains for his kin.
Advocate Sirajin Basha, who along with advocate KN Balaraj had procured the governor’s sanction to prosecute Yeddyurappa, had filed the fresh private complaints with 23rd Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge CB Hipparagi.
Apart from Yeddyurappa, the complaints name 26 persons including the chief minister’s sons BY Raghavendra (MP) and BY Vijayendra; his son-in-law RN Sohan Kumar; former minister SN Rishnaiah Setty; Legislative Council member Bharathi Shetty; and MLA D Hemachandra Sagar. Various companies have also been named in the complaints as co-accused in the land deals.
The advocates, who filed the first two complaints on Saturday, said Yeddyurappa and others had allegedly secured monetary gains of over R189 crore and caused a loss of more than R465 crore to the exchequer.
Citing instances, the complainants alleged that the cases revealed a "clear nexus between the accused persons".
“The instances reveal alleged cases of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, abuse of official position, loss to the state exchequer, securing illegal monetary gain for kith and kin by high ranking public servants," all of which are liable to be punished under various penal provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Corruption Act and other relevant laws, they submitted.
The court has posted the three complaints for report from its office and possible hearing in the first week of February.