Yeddyurappa acquitted in Bellary mining case

Bengaluru: In a major relief to senior BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Y S Yeddyurappa, a special CBI court has acquitted him along with his two sons and son-in-law in Rs 40 crore Bellary mining bribery case.

Yeddyurappa, along with his two sons, son-in-law, steel major JSW Steel and other four JSW Steel affiliates were cleared of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption charges.

Reacting over his acquittal, Yeddyurappa said on the social media: “Justice is done, I stand vindicated… Thanks to all well-wishers, friends & supporters who stood with me in my tough times.”

Yeddyurappa was the Chief Minister of the first ever BJP government in the south in 2008 elections. He relinquished the office of chief minister after his indictment by Lokayukta following a bribery report submitted by anti-corruption ombudsman Santosh Hegde.

Hegde in his report observed that Rs 10 crore donation was paid to the Prerana Trust owned by Yeddyurappa’s family and Rs 20 crore for purchase of 1.02 acres in Rachenahalli by the mining firm in anticipation of getting some favours.

CBI has registered the case and raided residences and other premises as a part of the probe ordered by the Supreme Court.

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