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Supreme Court refuses to cancel Yeddy’s anticipatory bail

New Delhi, Aug 6 (): Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa breathed a sigh of relief after the dismissal of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) petition, which had sought the cancellation of the anticipatory bail granted to Yeddyurappa earlier.

A bench of justices T S Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla dismissed the CBI petition challenging the anticipatory bail granted by the high court in connection to the alleged illegal denotification of land.

The investigating agency told the Court that Yeddyurappa failed to assist the investigators, to which the court asked them to go to the High Court for cancelling the bail.

The court observed that the donation and sale of land should not be considered as an offence by itself, and the CBI ought to prove the linkages.

The apex court also said that it is not possible to get into the way carelessly with the grant of anticipatory bail as it can be done only on the seriousness of the case and the accused possibly bouncing the bail.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Mohan Parasaran uttered that the outcome of the high court, while hearing the anticipatory bail to Yeddyurappa, seemed to be incorrect as it prima facie gave a thought that the charges against the former CM were baseless and there was no evidence in the alleged fake transactions relating to grant of lease and funds moved to him as well as his family’s account while he was serving as the chief minister of the state.

” You mean this man should be inside? For  what?,” the bench asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Mohan Parasaran appearing for the investigating agency. However, the apex court noted that the CBI should not be prejudiced in its probe in any way by the clarification made by the state high court.

Yeddyurappa was granted anticipatory bail on July 26 by the High Court. All the family members of the former CM breathed a sigh of relief after dismissal of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) petition.