CID grills Yediyurappa over three hours in POSCO case

Bengaluru: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) questioned former Chief Minister and BJP stalwart B S Yediyurappa for three hours on Monday in connection with a POCSO case registered against him.

Yediyurappa appeared before a team of CID, which had summoned him for an inquiry in connection with the case.

According to reports, the former chief minister of Karnataka was questioned for nearly four hours.

On Thursday, a Bengaluru court issued a non-bailable warrant against Yediyurappa for immediate arrest in connection with a sexual assault case involving a minor girl under the POCSO Act. This law addresses sexual assault cases against minors.

However, on Friday, the Karnataka High Court issued an order stating that coercive proceedings of arrest and detention against Yediyurappa will be kept on hold until the next date of hearing.

The mother of a 17-year-old girl filed a complaint that her daughter was molested by the influential Lingayat leader BS Yediyurapa. The mother complained that the former Karnataka CM sexually assaulted her daughter during a meeting on February 2 this year.

She alleged that the crime occurred at Yediyurappa’s residence in Dollars Colony in Bengaluru. Yediyurappa has denied the charge. “People would teach a lesson to those indulging in conspiracies against me,” he said.

Last week, the victim’s brother filed a petition in court, alleging no progress in the investigation despite the case being registered nearly three months ago.

The petitioner urged Yediyurappa’s arrest and interrogation. Following the case registration by Sadashivanagar police in March, Karnataka’s Director General of Police Alok Mohan ordered its transfer to the CID for ongoing investigation.

The 54-year-old woman, who had levelled the charge against Yediyurappa, died at a private hospital last month due to lung cancer. The CID collected Yediyurappa’s voice sample in April after summoning him to the office.

According to the Karnataka Police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act, 2012.

The ex-Karnataka CM has also been booked under Section 354 A (Sexual Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code.