The Karnataka Crisis


BJP supporters protest against the Karnataka Guv's grant of sanction to prosecute CM B.S. Yeddyurappa. Photo courtesy:The Hindu
A day after Karnataka Governor HR Bharadwaj gave his sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, two advocates — Sirajin Bhasha and K N Balakrishna — have filed separate petitions before the Lokayukta special court on Saturday.
The two lawyers, who had first moved the Governor seeking sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister, moved the special court with two separate petitions.
The chief minister has been made a prime accused in both the petitions.
While the first petition involves the chief minister and six others, the second petition names Yeddyurappa, his two sons and 14 others.
Both petitions seek proceedings against the chief minister and others for alleged land scams.
The petitions, which have been filed before Special Judge C B Happar, will come up for hearing on January 24. Meanwhile, the legal team of the chief minister has already begun preparations to move the Karnataka high court on Monday against the order of the Governor.

CM to move High CourtKarnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will move the high court on Monday challenging the order of Governor HR Bhardwaj granting permission to prosecute him in connection with a land scam.
A member of the chief minister’s legal team told rediff.com that the petition, seeking a stay on the Governor’s order, will be filed on Monday morning and could come up the same day, as there was urgency in the matter.
In the petition, the chief minister would contend that there has been bias while passing the order. Yeddyurappa would also state that dual proceedings in the same case cannot be initiated.
His contention would be that he has already set up a commission to probe the land scam and in such an event the Governor could not have ordered prosecution in the same case.
The last point that would be raised would be that a copy of the Governor’s order had not been served on him and specific reasons for prosecution had not been given.
Meanwhile, the Opposition too will move a caveat on Monday, seeking to be heard before any order is passed on Yeddyurappa’s petition.
While the political fiasco continues, parts of Karnataka remained shut in the wake of the bandh call given by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Schools and colleges remained shut in most parts of the state. Minor incidents of violence were reported in Bengaluru, Mysore and Shimoga following which security was beefed up.

Ministers pitch in:A group of ministers from the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka took out a protest in front of the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Saturday expressing displeasure over Governor HR Bhardwaj’s order sanctioning the prosecution of Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in a land scam.
The ministers met Governor Bharadwaj and told him that he should have at least had the courtesy to send the Chief Minister a copy of the order.
Governor Bhardwaj’s order was delivered later in the morning to the Chief Minister’s office. The governor had on Friday sanctioned Yeddyurappa’s prosecution following a petition by two advocates.
Addressing the protesting BJP members, senior leader H N Ananth Kumar said the party would request President Pratibha Patil to recall the Governor.
In Karnataka, the Congress and the JDS lost the Assembly polls in 2008, Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and zilla and taluk panchayat polls last year, he noted.
“They (Congress and JDS) don’t have people’s mandate. They are indulging in back-door politics,” Ananth Kumar said.
Accusing the Governor of hatching a “conspiracy”, he asserted that the Yeddyurappa government would complete its five-year term
BJP members raised slogans like “get out, get out Governor” and “Raj Bhavan: Extension of 10, Janpath”.

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Author: Vicky Nanjappa

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