Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Friday accorded sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa over allegations of denotification of land acquired by the government in addition to other charges of corruption.
The prosecution request to the Governor was made by two advocates of Bangalore Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balaraj on December 28, requesting sanction of the Governor of Karnataka under Section 19(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for prosecuting the Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, in an appropriate Court of Law for various grave allegations of corruption and criminal misconduct.
Yeddyurappa is the first Chief Minister of the State against whom a Governor has accorded sanction for prosecution. Earlier, two Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Bihar were prosecuted after people obtained the permission of the then Governors M. Channa Reddy and A.R. Kidwai.