Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president B S Yeddyurappa has been acquitted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the `40 crore Ballari mining scam.
Apart from Yeddyurappa, who was the prime accused, his sons B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar and nine others were cleared of the charges of having taken `40 crore in kickbacks.
Judge R B Dharmagouder acquitted them, stating the prosecution failed to establish their guilt under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.
Yeddyurappa was forced to resign as the chief minister in August 2011 following indictment by then Lokayukta Santosh Hegde in the case.
The Ballari scam involved the district's three mining barons , brothers Janardhana, Karunakara and Somashekara Reddy, who were accused of bribing Yeddyurappa to bag mining contracts.