Diwali brought darkness to his life. He spent his Diwali in
jail for a crime, he perhaps didn't commit. But, Holi has brought
colours back to the life of Dr. B S Yeddyurappa, former Karnataka
CM and the tallest BJP leader in Southern India.
The Karnataka HC has quashed the references made against him
in the report submitted by then Lokayukta Justice Santosh N Hegde
on illegal mining. On the Lokayukta report, the bench maintained:
"Lokayukta being a quasi-judicial authority, his decisions should
be reasoned. When important rights of parties of far-reaching
consequence are adjudicated in a summary fashion, without giving a
personal hearing, where proposals are required to be examined, it
would be directly destructive of judicial fair play and natural
Undoubtedly, it is a big blow to the detractors of Dr.
Yeddyurappa who conspired against him and tried their level best to
destabilize the first BJP government in a South Indian state.
Governor H R Bhardwaj, who's a Congress loyalist and made every
attempt to dislodge the government also has been virtually rapped
as his sanctions too are quashed by the High Court. Making strong
observations against the governor, the court said in its 56-page
verdict: "The petitioner (Yeddyurappa) was condemned unheard, and
there was flagrant violation of the principles of natural
justice/fairness in administrative action and statutory
Armed with this court order quashing the case that ousted him,
Dr. B S Yeddyurappa has demanded an immediate reinstatement.
Yeddyurappa, who went into a huddle with his followers, told them
that since he has "come clean", it is up to the BJP leadership to
honour its promise to reinstate him as CM. During his recent visit
to Bangalore, BJP president Nitin Gadkari had asked Dr. Yeddyurappa
to come clean in the illegal mining case before hoping to become CM
again. Within hours of the division bench delivering the verdict,
Yeddyurappa is known to have faxed copies of it to Gadkari, Arun
Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and M Venkaiah Naidu. The party leadership,
while asking Yeddyurappa to step down, had said the BJP at the
national level was unable to counter the UPA government and Delhi
CM Sheila Dikshit on the issue of corruption. It had assured
Yeddyurappa he would be reinstated if he came clean.