Bangalore: The Lokayukta Special Court granted exemption to former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa from personal appearance for Saturday but made it clear he would have to appear before it on August 29, complying with a summon to him on a private complaint over alleged land denotification.

Judge NK Sudhindra Rao granted the exemption on health grounds on an application by Yeddyurappa, but however rejected his prayers for exemption from personal appearance.

Yeddyurppa's counsel Ravi B Naik informed the court that his client was suffering from "high fever, hypertension and diabetes and had been advised rest" and not in a position to appear before it, a contention objected to by the complainant Sirajin Basha's counsel CH Hanumantharaya.

The Judge granted exemption to Yeddyurappa "only for Saturday" and directed him to appear before it on August 29.

It also directed Superintendent of Police Lokyukta, investigating the complaint to be in court on that date.

The court on August 8 had issued summons to Yeddyurappa and 14 others in connection with a private complaint against them.

Naik submitted that since Yeddyurappa's bail application before the High Court was reserved for verdict on August 29, his appearance for Saturday would render the application in fructuous.

The 14 accused appeared before the court and filed applications seeking bail.

Basha in his complaint had alleged that Yeddyurappa had indulged in irregularities in denotification of lands acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

(Agencies)