Mining kickback case: BSY, kin appears in CBI Court
Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his family members today appeared before the CBI Court here in connection with a case allegedly involving kickback in illegal mining. Of the 13 accused, 12 were present before CBI Special Judge M S Balakrishna. Those present included Yeddyurappa, his sons Lok Sabha member B Y Raghavendra, B Y Vijayendra and son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar.
The judge adjourned the case to July 1 after the Special Public Prosecutor sought time to file the surety verification report of the two accused in the case. On December 10, the court had granted bail to all the 13 accused while imposing certain conditions, including directing them to furnish a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh each and surety of like sum.
CBI had filed a charge sheet in October last year against the accused, including senior vice-president of a Bellary based private steel company and five Bellary based firms, besides a Shimoga based Trust run by the family of Yeddyurappa for alleged abuse of official position and corruption.
They were charged under IPC sections, including 120-B (conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) as also under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Karnataka Land (Restriction on) Transfer Act. Yeddyurappa resigned as Chief Minister in July, 2011 after the Lokatyuka report on illegal mining indicted him following which a spate of corruption and land denotification cases have been filed against him.