New Delhi: In a major setback to BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities committed by him during his tenure as the chief minister of Karnataka.
The order in this regard was passed by the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice SH Kapadia, who asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit its report before it by August three.
The central probe agency has been asked to probe into Yeddyurappa`s alleged role in the state’s mining scam.
The apex court, while accepting the recommendations made by its Central Empowered Committee, directed the CBI to investigate allegations that the Prerna Trust managed by members of Yeddyurappa`s immediate family received a huge donation from the mining company favoured by him.
The apex court, however, said that all other proceedings against the BJP leader in any other court will remain stayed.
The Lingayat community leader has been under scanner over alleged irregularities committed by his office in a case relating to denotification of land and kickbacks received by his family members from the mining corporates.
The apex court order comes days after the SC-appointed panel had recommended for a CBI probe against Yeddyurappa.
The CEC, in its report, had pointed to Yeddy`s alleged role in illegal export of iron ore, transfer of some police officers and certain land deals for the benefit of his family.
The panel had suggested that the CBI should investigate in detail, alleged misuse of office by Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister, noting that prima facie massive illegalities seemed to have taken place, including serious violation of rules to de-notify agricultural land, allowing the BJP leader`s relatives to make a huge windfall when they resold de-notified land at an enormous profit.
The court panel has 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 run by Yeddyurappa`s family members.
In view of the controversy, Yeddyurappa was asked by his party leadership to step down as Chief Minister last year after he was strongly indicted for corruption by the Karnataka Lokayukta in a report on illegal mining.