Graft case: SC to decide on CBI probe against BSY

The Supreme Court is expected to take a decision on Monday whether to order a CBI inquiry into land denotification and graft charges against former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to take a decision on Monday whether to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into land denotification and graft charges against former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader BS?Yeddyurappa.

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee’s (CEC) looking into illegal mining in Karnataka had earlier found prima facie evidence that Yeddyurappa and his close relatives, including sons BY Vijendra and BY Raghavendra, had illegally denotified land and made “windfall profits”.

The SC panel had on April 20 recommended a probe by the CBI into the matter.
In its report submitted to the apex court, the SC-panel suggested that the CBI should investigate in detail, alleged misuse of office by Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister.

It also recommended that the CBI investigate cases of de-notification of Bangalore Development Authority land. It has also suggested that the CBI investigate the link between Yeddyurappa allegedly favouring some companies in mining deals - South West Mining, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel, which allegedly made donations worth crores to the Prerna Educational Society Trust set up and run by Yeddyurappa`s family members.

According to CEC, the state government denotified 1.12 acres of land near Bangalore. This was acquired by Yeddyruappa’s sons for Rs.0.40 crore and subsequently sold to South West Mining Ltd, a Jindal company, for Rs.20 crore. A donation of Rs.20 crore was also received by Prerana Education Society (owned by Yeddyurappa’s relatives) from South West Mining Ltd.
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa, Housing Minister V Somanna and two others accused in a case relating to alleged irregularities in denotification of land will today appear before the state’s Lokayukta.

Judge NK Sudhindra Rao had on April 13 directed them to appear before it without fail on April 30.

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