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Khurshid refuses to comment on rejection of Yeddyurappa's bail plea

October 15, 2011 - Lucknow

Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday refused to comment on the rejection of former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's bail plea, saying the matter is sub-judice.

"I cannot comment on the court proceedings, the specific court proceedings and neither should anyone else. The charges of corruption were there till the matter was in the political field. But the matter has now moved to court and the court shall make the decision. We don't have the right to comment on that matter," Khurshid told media persons in Lucknow.

When asked corruption charges levelled against Yeddyurappa, Khurshid said: "I won't comment on the matter. The Law minister should not comment."

Yeddyurappa against whom arrest warrant was issued in connection with cases regarding alleged irregularities in denotification of government lands surrendered before the Lokayukta Court in Bangalore today.

Yeddyurappa has been remanded to judicial custody till October 22 and sent to the Bangalore Central Jail.

Earlier, the special Lokayukta Court rejected the anticipatory bail and issued an arrest warrant against him.

The court also denied bail to Yeddyurappa's former ministerial colleague S N Krisnaiah Setty but gave relief to 14 other accused including the former Chief Minister's sons B Y Raghavendra, Lok Sabha MP and B Y Vijayendra, and son-in-law Sohan Kumar.

Former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde's independent inquiry into mining graft in Karnataka, accused Yeddyurappa and other key officials for causing a loss of at least 160 billion rupees to the state exchequer between 2006 and 2010 from illegal mining and a litany of abuses.

Yeddyurappa tendered his resignation on July 31 to Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj, following allegations of corruption that was later accepted.


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