Former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who got conditional bail in one corruption case on Thursday, continued to remain in jail, as the Karnataka high court has to still decide on his bail plea in another corruption case.
The first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister in south India, Yeddyurappa surrendered before a Lokayukta court on 15 October, after the court rejected his bail plea.
However, he managed to stay out of jail for four days by feigning illness. The disgraced chief minister finally landed in jail on 19 October.
On Thursday, the high court granted him conditional bail in one case and directed him to furnish a bond of Rs5 lakh and two sureties of the same amount, besides telling him not to tamper with the evidence.
However, he could not be released from jail as the court posted his bail plea in another case to Friday.
Sirajin Basha and K.N. Balraj, two Bangalore-based lawyers, got Karnataka governor H R Bharadwaj's permission to prosecute the then chief minister on several corruption charges. The two lawyers filed five private complaints relating to illegal land deals, allegedly entered into by Yeddyurappa, his two sons, a son-in-law, and a former minister.
Yeddyurappa and his family members have been accused of acquiring government land at throwaway prices.
His sons, B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra, and son-in-law R N Sohan, have got anticipatory bail, but the former chief minister – who is also involved in several other cases – could not get it.
While the BJP defended him for several months, it was finnally forced to sack him after a Lokayukta report indicted him in the illegal mining scam. Yeddyurappa desperately clung to the chief minister's post, defying the courts, members of his party and activists. He had powerful backers in the party high command in Delhi.
Last month, the Lokayukta police had said prima facie the allegations against Yeddyurappa were true. The police said the former chief minister was involved in denotifying the acquisition of an acre of land by the government in Bangalore, resulting in a loss of Rs20 crore to the exchequer.
Dhavalagiri Properties, a real estate firm owned by his son-in-law, had also been favoured by the former chief minister. The company bought denotified land at a low price and made hefty profits by selling it to a mining company.