Arrest Warrant Issued Against Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa in POCSO Case

Former Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa: POCSO Case Developments

A Bengaluru court has issued a non-bailable warrant against former Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa in a POCSO case. Read more about the case and its developments here.

B.S. Yediyurappa

Bengaluru: A Bengaluru court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant on Thursday against former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa in connection with a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The warrant follows Yediyurappa’s failure to appear for questioning as requested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Karnataka Police.

Anticipatory Bail Plea

Shortly after the warrant was issued, Yediyurappa’s office announced that the senior BJP leader had applied for anticipatory bail at a special court, seeking to prevent his arrest.

The court is set to hear his plea on Friday. Reacting to the warrant, Yediyurappa denied all allegations and claimed that the charges were part of a political vendetta against him.

Allegations and Charges

Yediyurappa, 81, has been charged under the POCSO Act and Section 354A (Sexual Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The charges stem from a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl, alleging that Yediyurappa sexually assaulted her daughter during a meeting at his residence in February this year.

The complainant, a 54-year-old woman, passed away last month due to lung cancer.

Charges Against B.S. Yediyurappa

POCSO ActProtection of Children from Sexual Offences
IPC Section 354ASexual Harassment

Government’s Stand

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara stated that the CID had notified Yediyurappa to appear for questioning.

Parameshwara indicated that the CID might arrest Yediyurappa if necessary.

“Notice has been served procedurally. The charge sheet has to be filed by June 15. They will follow the procedure, including recording his statement and producing him in court,” Parameshwara informed reporters.

Yediyurappa, who was in Delhi for political commitments, had requested to appear before investigators on Monday.

Despite his request, the Bengaluru court issued the non-bailable warrant.

Yediyurappa has consistently denied the allegations and is committed to fighting the case legally.

As a BJP’s parliamentary board member, he remains in Delhi, preparing his defense.

Timeline of Events

February 2024Alleged incident of sexual assault
March 14, 2024Police case registered and probe transferred to CID
June 2024Complainant dies of lung cancer
June 12, 2024CID issues summons for Yediyurappa to appear for questioning
June 13, 2024Bengaluru court issues non-bailable arrest warrant
June 14, 2024Yediyurappa’s anticipatory bail plea to be heard

Next Steps

The legal proceedings against Yediyurappa are being closely monitored, with the following significant development expected on Friday when the court hears his anticipatory bail plea.

This case highlights the critical importance of addressing allegations of sexual misconduct through thorough investigations and fair legal processes.

As the case unfolds, it serves as a reminder of the necessity for justice and accountability, irrespective of the political stature of those involved.

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