Mining scam: CBI registers FIR against Yeddy

The CBI on Tuesday began its probe into allegations of corruption levelled against BS Yeddyurappa in connection with the Karnataka illegal mining scam.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Beginning its probe into allegations of corruption levelled against BS Yeddyurappa in connection with the Karnataka illegal mining scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday registered an FIR against the former state chief minister and three others.

Among the others booked include Yeddyurappa’s sons BY Vijayendra and BY Raghavendra, and son-in-law RN?Sohan Kumar.

A special nine-member team of the CBI will probe the charges against Yeddyurappa and others.

The development comes three days after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe against the BJP leader for "serious illegalities" in mining activities in which he allegedly "misused his public office" for monetary benefits by extending favours to mining barons and corporates.

The apex court noted there was "an unfortunate state of affairs" prevailing for a "considerable time" during which the forest and minerals were illegally exploited involving politicians and corporate entities which require probe by a competent and independent agency uninfluenced by the stature of the persons.

"The CBI shall undertake investigation in a most fair, proper and unbiased manner uninfluenced by the stature of the persons and the political or corporate clout, involved in the present case. It will be open to the CBI to examine and inspect the records of any connected matter pending before any investigating agency or any court," a special Forest bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia said while passing the order.

The bench, also comprising justices Aftab Alam and Swatanter Kumar, stayed all pending proceedings before all judicial forums in connection with the case.

"The CBI shall complete its investigation and submit a report to the court of competent jurisdiction with a copy of the report to be placed on the file of this court within three months," the bench said posting the matter for perusal of CBI report on August 3.

The report of the court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) had pointed out "undue favour" in respect of a land purchased by close relatives of Yeddyuruppa for 40 lakh in 2006 and subsequently sold to South West Mining Ltd, an alleged "front company of JSW Steels Ltd" in the year 2010 for Rs 20 crores.

The CEC report said Yeddyurappa`s family members had received Rs 6 crore in kickbacks from a mining firm.

Vijayendra had said that the amount was not a kickback but a loan taken through cheques.

The allegation is that Praveen Chandra, a mine operator, had given Rs 2.5 crore to a firm run by Sohan Kumar and Rs 3.5 crore to another firm owned by Vijayendra and his brother Raghavendra as a favour for facilitating license.

(With PTI inputs)