Yeddyurappa to be in jail till Nov 3

Bangalore: The Lokayukta Court today extended till November 3 the judicial custody of former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in alleged land scam cases. Judge N K Sudhindra Rao also extended the judicial custody of former minister and sitting MLA Krishnaiah Settty, another accused in the case relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of government lands. The court had on October 15 remanded Yeddyurappa and Setty, to judicial custody till today after rejecting their bail pleas.

Except Yeddyurappa, all the other accused, including his sons B Y Raghavendra, a Lok Sabha member and B Y Vijayendra, who are on conditional bail, were present in the court. Jail authorities in their warrant said Yeddyurappa was not being produced in the court due to his ill health. Counsels for the other accused surrendered their passports to the court, which then directed the court office to keep them in sealed covers in safe custody.

The Lokayukta Court had issued summons to the accused in August on two of the five private complaints filed by advocate Sirajin Basha, regarding illegal denotification of government land for pecuniary gain. In both complaints, Yeddyurappa is the main accused.