Yeddy to spend Diwali in jail, withdraws bail plea
Arrested former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa will know today if he will spend Diwali in jail or get bail in two corruption cases ahead of the festival of lights.india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 14:03 IST
Arrested former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday withdrew his bail plea in two corruption cases ahead of the festival of lights.
Yeddyurappa will now spend Diwali in jail or get bail.
Justice BV Pinto of the Karnataka high court was expected to give his ruling on the bail plea of Yeddyurappa filed on last Monday, two days after he was arrested and sent to judicial custody.
The arrested Bharatiya Janata Party leader's counsel had pleaded for releasing him on a week's bail in view of Diwali.
In Karnataka, the Hindu festival is celebrated Oct 25 (Naraka Chaturdasi) and Oct 27 (Balipadyami).
Yeddyurappa had moved two petitions in the high court - one for interim bail and another for regular bail. The interim bail plea was filed because hearing on regular bail application takes time.
The former chief minister has been jailed in two of the five cases of corruption and illegal land deals filed by two Bangalore advocates Sirajin Bhasha and KN Balaraj in January.
Their counsel CH Hanumantharaya has been stoutly opposing even interim bail for Yeddyurappa.
The high court's next sitting is on Oct 28 as it is closed for Diwali for three days from Oct 25.
The bail plea of former Muzrai (endowments) minister SN Krishnaiah Shetty, arrested along with Yeddyurappa in the two cases, will also be heard on Monday. Both the former chief minister and Shetty are lodged in the central prison in Bangalore's eastern suburb Parappana Agrahara.