The Karnataka High Court dismissed the petition of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, seeking to quash a private complaint alleging that he had carried out 'Denotification of Land recklessly' when he served as the Deputy Chief Minister in 2006-07. A single bench of Justice John Michel Cunha in his order observed that he cannot accept the arguments placed by Yediyurappa's counsel that the FIR be quashed. "To be precise, the entire complaint or the FIR is not quashed. An order passed in favour of accused number 1(Congress leader R.V. Deshpande) does not benefit the petitioner, " the order stated.
In 2013, Vasudeva Reddy had filed a private complaint in the Lokayukta Special Court, saying Yeddyurappa ordered denotification of four acres 30 guntas in survey number 49 in Devarabisanahalli and survey numbers 10, 18, 46/1 in Bellandur. He further alleged that following denotification, the lands were diverted for residential purpose.
The judge asserted that the complaint sought to prosecute the act of denotification of the land done by the petitioner during his tenure as Deputy Chief Minister. Dismissing the petition, the Court pulled up officials over pending investigation and ordered a thorough probe in the case registered against the CM.