Kalaburagi, Feb 20: Karnataka High Court Bench on Wednesday reserved its order on alleged Audio Tape case in which Opposition Leader in the Legislative Assembly B S Yeddyurappa, who is also BJP State President, had appealed for rejecting the FIR filed against him and three others by Deodurga Police in Raichur District.
The Bench comprising Justice PGM Patil, after hearing from both side, reserved its verdict in the Audio case in which it was alleged that Mr Yeddyurappa had offered money and power to lure JDS Legislator.
Senior Advocate C V Nagesh, appearing for Yeddyurappa, said it was illegal for filing the FIR against his client, but Senior Advocate Ashok Harnahalli objected to it and he was supported by Special Public Prosecutor Sandesh Chawla.
Gurmitkal MLA Nagangowda Kandku's son Sharnagwda had registered a complaint on February 13 for attempting to lure him through 'Operation Lotus' by BJP. Mr Yeddyurappa is the first accused, while Deodurga MLA K Shivanagaouda Nayak, Hassan MLA Preetham Gowda and Journalist M B Maramkal are the other accused named in the complaint.
The Audio tape issue had rocked the Budget Session as the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate into the authenticity of the tape which was alleged by Yeddyurappa to have been tampered and the allegations that he had taken for granted the Speaker. BJP members who had sat on dharna in the well of the House had stalled Budget Session besides stalling governor's customary address to the Joint House on the opening day of the Session. (UNI)