Bangalore: Hours before Karnataka Lokayukta
Santosh Hegde demitted office, outgoing Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa on Tuesday filed a petition before him seeking
reconsideration of his report indicting him in the illegal
mining that cost him the top post.
Yeddyurappa in his petition pleaded with the Lokayukta to
reconsider his recommendation for prosecuting him under the
provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, saying it was
contrary to the Lokayukta Act and "there are certain errors
which have crept into the report".
The report had not provided any substantive evidence to
prove the charge against him, Yeddyurappa, who was directed to
quit by party leadership, said.
"The recommendations made in this case are liable for
reconsideration as it is not part of the reference made by the
state government. In fact, the recommendations are beyond the
reference made by government," he said after submitting the
The government had sought the probe into illegal mining
for the period from 2000 to July 19, 2010, the petition
presented to the Lokayukta by Yeddyurappa`s political
secretary BJ Puttaswamy said.
Yeddyurappa said had he been served a notice on the issue
of Rs ten crore donation received by the Prerana Education
Society, a trust managed by his family members, the findings
of the Lokayukta report would have been otherwise.
He sought to distance himself from the trust, saying "so
far as the donation to the trust (is concerned), I
unequivocally make it clear that I am not a party to the
trust. I was never involved directly or indirectly in the
affairs of the trust. I have no say in the trust".