Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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