Ex-CM Yediyurappa booked under POCSO Act

Senior BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl, police said here on Friday.

The complainant alleged that Yediyurappa sexually assaulted her daughter during a meeting on February 2.

According to Sadashivanagar police, the BJP stalwart has been booked under section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act and Section 354 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Police sources said the girl’s mother had, in the past, lodged over 50 complaints against various people including the then Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar, and his staff, for allegedly manhandling her and abusing her.

She lodged a complaint against Kumar twice — once on January 29, 2021, and then on September 21, 2022, and also against the retired Bengaluru Police Commissioner and BJP leader Bhaskar Rao for allegedly “conspiring to ruin her life,” on January 18, 2022.

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