Karnataka High Court Stays Summons Against Chief Minister Yeddyurappa

Justice Suraj Govindaraj of the Karnataka High Court while hearing a petition filed by Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has stayed the summons issued against him by a district court at Gokak and has reserved its order.

The matter was related to an alleged violation of Election Code of Conduct. The complaint was filed by Laxman Allapur who was deputed on election duty as a Flying Squad by the District Election Officer, Belagavi for Gokak Constituency Bye-Elections.

The police registered a Non-Cognizable Report bearing and made a requisition on 26.11.2019, before the Trial Court to seek permission to register and investigate into the alleged non-cognizable offences. The trial court initially passed the order but later after receiving the Final “B” Report from the police struck down the said order on June 26 and issued summons to the Petitioner and directed the Registry to register the case.

The submissions were made by Senior Advocate C.V. Nagesh, and Advocate Sandeep Patil, who appeared for C.M Yediyurappa. The petition seeked to quash a complaint dated 26.11.2019, registered against him for offences under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and under Section 171 (F) of the Indian Penal code.

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