Karti Chidambaram was granted anticipatory bail by the Madras High Court, hours after the Income Tax department had issued a warrant against him in a case relating to black money. He was granted bail in a midnight hearing of the Madras HC.
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa will walk free after spending 23 days in jail. The Karnataka High Court hearing his bail plea granted him bail on the condition that he furnishes a bond of Rs 10 lakh and a surety of the likesum. The order was passed by Justice B V Pinto who has been hearing arguments since the past two weeks.
His legal team is now preparing the paper work to secure his release and once the formalities are completed Yeddyurappa will walk free. The paper work is expected to be completed by evening today.
Yeddyurappa was arrested on October 15 after a Special Lokayukta court cancelled his bail and issued an arrest warrant against him. The charge against him in this case was that he had denotified land while misusing his office as the Chief Minister of Karnataka which in turn helped his family gain financially.
Justice B V Pinto while dealing with the fears allayed by the comainant in this case stated that the chance of Yeddyurappa tampering with the evidence would not arise. This is mainly because all the evidence has been documented. This point had also been raised before the Lokayukta court. The judge on that ocassion had stated that if Yeddyurappa remains out then he would tamper with the evidence as he is a very powerful person.
The other aspect that went in Yeddyurappa’s favour is the fact that Justice Pinto states that there are certain technical issues concerning this case. The sworn affidavits don’t make an averement to the authenticity of the documents that have been produced in this case.
Although Yeddyurappa has been released today on bail, the legal road ahead for him is not an easy one. There are at least 8 other cases against him which also includes the report on illegal mining which indites him. This was the report that forced him to step down as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Justice Pinto observed that “at the stage of taking cognisance, the trial court relied on the sworn statement and documents produced by the complainant (Sirajin Basha) but these documents were not subject to cross-examination at this state.
It is seen that all the documents (produced by the complainant) are either certified to be true copies of original documents not complainant in his sworn statement anywhere averred that the contents of the documents are true,” Justice Pinto pointed out while observing that mere reading of sworn statement does not disclose petitioners are guilty of any offence and hence there is no impediment for granting them bail.”
Yeddyurappa has kept his legal team busy all these days and they have filed for anticipatory bail pleas in all other cases against him.
Yeddyurappa’s arrest was also not short of drama. He was ordered to be arrested, but then he held out and decided to surrender before the court instead. Barely a few hours after he went to jail, he was taken out and shifted to a hospital when he complained of chest pain. However a couple of days later he was taken back to jail after the doctors cleared him.
The Karnataka High Court adjourned further hearing on the bail plea filed by former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to Monday. Justice B Pinto who has been presiding over the marathon arguments heard the objections today while adjourning hearing to Monday.
This means that Yeddyurappa would remain in jail while L K Advani is in the city of Bangalore on Sunday. Advani will address a rally in the city on Sunday. The rally has already ticked off the Yeddyurappa faction in particular since they feel that it was not the right time to have a rally especially when there is so much going on in the state.
At the court, Yeddyurappa’s counsel completed arguments. The complainants against Yeddyurappa who are opposing the bail plea commenced arguments today. They quoted the judgment of the lower court which had stated that Yeddyurappa is a very powerful man and him being out would mean he will tamper with the evidence. They also stated that he is so powerful that he had managed to shut down the state the day the Governor accorded sanction for his prosecution. Further they also stated that despite him being in jail he continued to control the government in the state.
The court will continue hearing the case on Monday and an order is expected next week. Yeddyurappa’s counsel had initially pressed for interim bail. However they decided to argue for regular bail. The court took note of this and permitted the withdrawal of the interim bail plea as it was decided not to be pressed before the court.
The legal team of former Chief Minister of Karnataka would apply before the Karnataka High Court on Monday seeking bail. A member of his legal team informed that the bail plea to be filed on Monday would also cite medical grounds as he has been admitted in hospital after he had complained of chest pain.
The former CM who is facing corruption charges was remanded in Judicial custody on Saturday after a special Lokayukta court had rejected his bail plea and also issued an arrest warrant against him.
Yeddyurappa who was shifted to the Parapana Agrahara prison after he surrendered was however admitted to hospital this morning at 1.45 after he complained of chest pain. Yeddyurappa had been shifted by the prison authorities to the Jayadeva hospital in Bangalore. Prison authorities said that the doctor had recommended that he be admitted to hospital after he had vomitted a couple of hours after he reached the prison.
Meanwhile all preparations are being made by his legal team for the bail plea to be filed on Monday. They say they would push for an early hearing since he is in bad shape health wise. Moreover they would also state that he would be ready to cooperate with the investigation and hence it was not mandatory to keep him behind bars.