Karnataka High Court serves notice to former PM

High Court of Karnataka, BangaloreThe Karnataka High Court on has served a notice to the former Prime Minister Mr. H.D. Deve Gowda and asked him to appear before the court on his own or through his advocate to justify his charges of misappropriation of funds and lands by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises which is executing the controversial Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure (BMIC) project.

The Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran said the letter written by Mr. Deve Gowda has been treated as Public Interest Litigation and posted the case for February 2.

However, NICE Advocate Dushyant Dave decided to file a contempt of court against the former prime minister for his letter to judges which aimed at influencing the decision of the court.

A few days ago, Mr. Deve Gowda alleged that the government headed by former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has granted more lands Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises.

Mr. Deve Gowda,the president of the Janata Dal (S), alleged that granting more lands to the project; company was aimed to close the cases pending before the courts.
Mr Deve Gowda had recently written a book, which includes allegation against Chief Minister of karnataka in connection with controversial Bangalore- Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project.

Mr. Gowda spoke of a “massive fraud” to the tune of several thousand crore of rupees in collusion with an infrastructure company. Mr Gowda alleged that the ruling BJP had funded its Operation Lotus through the “NICE loot and mining and real estate mafia.”
However, Mr Yeddyurappa rejected the charge and asked Mr. Gowda to prove his charge in the court of law.

Mr Yeddyurappa had sometime ago said he would file defamation case against Mr Deve Gowda for leveling charges against him, but on January one the Chief Minister said he has decided to drop it and wanted to begin the new year on a positive note by maintaining “good relations” with opposition parties.