Bengaluru: About a week after the Karnataka High Court set aside the order of sanction to prosecute former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa in land denotification cases, Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday opined that he need not grant sanction for the prosecution of BSY as he is no longer the chief minister.
Earlier a division bench of the High Court had remitted the matter to the Governor for reconsideration.
The decision of the Governor has been conveyed to the complainants Sirajin Basha and K N Balaraj. The complainants had sought Governor’s prosecution permission.
In 2011, following the complaint filed by Sirajin Basha and K N Balaraj, the then Governor H R Bhardwaj had granted prosecution permission to Yeddyurappa during his tenure as the chief minister under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.
Five FIRs were registered based on the complaints filed on charges on illegal land denotification cases. However Yeddyurappa had moved the High Court challenging the legality of the order and also sought the court to quash the order.
Sirajan Basha speaking to sources said, “This is not the end of the case. We can always question the High Court order in the Supreme Court. The Governor’s decision also means that there is no need for any permission to prosecute him (Yeddyurappa) now,” he said.