Yeddyurappa to challenge Governor sanction in HC

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is likely to file a petition before the High Court on January 24 challenging Governor H R Bhardwaj`s sanction to prosecute him under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

"We are already working on a framework. We will go to court. The Chief Minister is likely to file a petition before the High Court on Monday", Minister for Law S Suresh Kumar told PTI here.

He said the Governor is yet to furnish a copy of his order giving sanction to prosecute Yeddyurappa, despite pleas.

"Let us see whether the Governor will give us a copy today", Kumar said.

Yesterday, Yeddyurappa had shot off a letter to Bhardwaj objecting to denial of the copy of the order.

Sources said when Chief Minister`s Principal Secretary met the Governor, Bhardwaj told him that he would first give the order copy to complainants.

Bhardwaj had yesterday sanctioned prosecution of Yeddyurappa in alleged land scams.

BJP had hit back at the Governor calling the decision constitutionally improper and politically motivated.

The Governor has been has been engaged in an open battle with the Chief Minister on charges of corruption against ministers, especially the Reddy brothers, in the BJP government in the state.

A Raj Bhavan communique said the sanction was accorded under Section 19(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973. Both the provisions relate to Governor`s powers to grant sanction against public servant.

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