Bellary mining case: Special CBI court acquits Yeddyurappa, others

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BS Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa

In a major victory, a special CBI court acquitted former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and others on October 26 in the Rs 40-crore Bellary mining case.

With Assembly polls due next year, this is seen as a huge personal victory for him.

The BJP leader’s two sons, son-in-law and others were acquitted of all charges by the CBI court in Bengaluru.

Taking this to the networking site, Twitter, Yeddyurappa said, “Justice is done, I stand vindicated… Thanks to the well wishers, friends & supporters who stood by me in my tough times.”

Judge Dharmagouder delivered a 300-page judgement acquitting all accused in the case, said Yeddyurappa’s lawyer CV Nagesh. The judged asked the BJP leader 473 questions during the hearing.

The CBI in 2012 filed a chargesheet against Yeddyurappa and his family members, in a land deal, which was part of bribe received from Bellary-based South West Mining Company to help give the firm access to iron ore.

A criminal case was lodged against Yeddyurappa, his sons and son-in-law, for de-notifying government land and buying it at cheap prices and sell the same later way above market value.

Initially, Yeddyurappa after being charged,  was sent to Bangalore central jail in October 2011 in connection with the case, but was released on bail within three weeks.