Karnataka HC directs CID to not arrest Ex-CM B S Yediyurappa in POCSO case

Bengaluru, June 14 (UNI) In a dramatic turn of events, the Karnataka High Court on Friday directed the CID to not arrest the former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa until June 17 in a POCSO case registered against him.

“The court has ordered the authorities not to take coercive action against Yediyurappa because he has been cooperating with them. Yediyurappa will appear before the SIT on June 17,” advocates appearing for the ex-CM told reporters.

The case, which has gripped the state, revolves around serious allegations of sexual harassment against the veteran politician.

The controversy erupted following a complaint by a 54-year-old woman, who claimed that Yediyurappa had sexually assaulted her 17-year-old daughter during a meeting at his residence in February.

Tragically, the complainant passed away last month from lung cancer, adding a poignant layer to the unfolding legal drama.

On Wednesday, Yediyurappa made a fervent plea to the High Court to quash the POCSO charges against him. However, his relief was short-lived as a special court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant the very next day at the CID’s behest.

Despite being summoned by the CBI on June 12, Yediyurappa sought more time, citing his commitments in New Delhi.

The 80-year-old BJP stalwart now has a temporary reprieve, with the High Court acknowledging his age and health issues. All eyes are on the June 17 hearing, which promises to be a pivotal moment in this high-profile case.

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