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The News Minute | October 21, 2014 | 2.06 pm IST A ruling of the Karnataka High Court has landed Shimoga MP B S Yeddyurappa into more trouble. On Monday, the High Court permitted inquiry into complaints of abuse of power by Yeddyurappa during his tenure as former chief minister. Advocate Vinod Shimoga had filed two cases with the Special Lokayukta Court in Shimoga seeking an inquiry into irregularities in Yeddyurappa’s conduct as chief minister.  Case 1 One of the cases relates to irregularities in the allotment of four sites in the Karnataka Housing Board in Kallahalli area of Shimoga town. The sites were allotted to four persons who had claimed to be journalists. According to Vinod, these four people were working as employees in some capacity with Yeddyurappa's daughter Aruna Devi. The sites were later transferred to Aruna Devi.  Case 2 In the second case, Yeddyurappa is accused of illegally de-notifying 69 acres of forest land in Hunsekatte in Bhadravathi taluk when he was in power. Yeddyurappa, his son B Y Raghavendra and five others are accused in the case. Vinod had alleged that the five others were “benamidaars” of Yeddyurappa, and two months after the de-notification, they had executed a sale deed in favour of Dhavalagiri Properties, a company owned by Yeddyurappa’s sons. The cases had been originally filed with the local court in Shimoga in February, but they had been dismissed saying that the government had to sanction an inquiry.  Vinod told The News Minute that he had written to the government after this, and the government had replied saying that no sanction was required. He then challenged the lower court’s ruling in the High Court in March, as Yeddyurappa was longer in power and therefore circumstances had changed. On Monday, the High Court said that no permission was required. Vinod said that the lower court would now decide how the inquiry would be conducted. The court could either appoint investigators or ask the Lokayukta to conduct an inquiry. Responding to the order, Yeddyurappa said that the allegations against him were false and that the land had been purchased around 15 years ago.  Yeddyurappa is not the only one in trouble  Vinod had also filed two other cases, one alleging the former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa had amassed assets disprortionate to the known sources of his income, and another case against an IAS officer and IFS officer, alleging that the two had permitted the illegal sale of forest department trees.
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