In Brief Relief For Ex-CM Yediyurappa, Karnataka HC Halts Arrest In POCSO Case

This directive was issued because Yediyurappa expressed his readiness to participate in the investigation, scheduled for June 17.
B S Yediyurappa

Karnataka HC: No Arrest for Ex-CM Yediyurappa in POCSO Case until June 28

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New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court instructed the Crime Investigation Department (CID) not to arrest former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in a case involving the sexual harassment of a minor girl on Friday. This directive was issued because Yediyurappa expressed his readiness to participate in the investigation, scheduled for June 17.
The high court noted that Yediyurappa, a former CM of the state, is in the twilight of his life and is dealing with health issues.
"We had approached the High Court. We had brought the petition challenging the malafide action on the part of the investigating agencies. The court was of the opinion that since Yediyurappa, being a former chief minister, keeping in mind his age and also his conduct of having taken part in the investigation, this is not a case where the investigator should have gone to court and got a warrant. There should not be any kind of arrest as he is cooperating. So therefore any such warrant or otherwise is put on hold. And any course steps also the investigator cannot take from now on...He has already written a letter, communicating that I am going to appear on the 17th. In all probability, he will appear on the 17th," Sandeep C Patil, advocate appearing for former Karnataka CM and senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa said.
The senior BJP leader filed a petition in the high court on Wednesday, seeking to dismiss a case filed against him in March under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
On Thursday, a special court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Yediyurappa in the case. This warrant came at the request of the CID, which is investigating the matter. Yediyurappa, aged 80, had been summoned by the agency on June 12 but requested an extension until June 18, citing his presence in New Delhi.
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