Former Karantaka chief minister and current BJP state unit President BS Yeddyurappa has been acquitted along with fellow accused in the Bellary illegal mining case.
A special CBI court in Bengaluru on Wednesday acquitted the BJP strongman along with his two sons and son-in-law along with some JSW Steel affiliates were accused of accepting bribes to the tune of ₹40 crore in 2010 while he was the CM of Karnataka.
Yeddyurappa had to give up his seat after he was indicted by the Lokayukta report on illegal mining submitted on July, 2011 by the then anti-corruption ombudsman Santosh Hegde.
Alleging corruption, the report had cited receipt of ₹10 crore donation from South West Mining Company to the Prerana Trust owned and managed by Yeddyurpapa’s family and another ₹ 20 crore paid for purchase of 1.02 acres in Rachenahalli by the mining firm.
Hegde in his report had observed that these payments were made to Prerana Trust in anticipation of getting some favours by the mining company, a charge Yeddyurappa had rejected.
CBI had registered an FIR against Yeddyurappa and others, and raided their residential and other premises as part of the probe ordered by the Supreme Court on recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee set up by it to look into illegal mining.