Bribery case: Special CBI court acquits Yeddyurappa and his relatives
The special CBI court acquitted on Wednesday former chief minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who was charged with accepting a bribe of Rs 40 crores for granting a mining licence during his tenure as a chief minister of the state.
Bengaluru: The special CBI court acquitted on Wednesday former chief minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who was charged with accepting a bribe of Rs 40 crores for granting a mining licence during his tenure as a chief minister of the state. Twelve other accused in the case including his two sons have been also acquitted by the court.
The court in its judgement said it has found no evidence of their involvement in the bribery case and, as such, it has acquitted all the 13 accused. This verdict has come as a big relief not only to Yeddyurappa and his family but also BJP president Amit Shah who was instrumental in his come-back to the party.
Assembly election is due to be held in the state after two years and this judgement will act in favour of the party and against the ruling Congress party which was hoping to cash on it during the poll. The ruling party is already under pressure due to his return to the parent organisation which he had left in 2011, just three years after assuming power.
He had quit the party and the post following the bribery charge which was found tenable by the Karnataka the then Lokayukta .He had gone to jail in the case for three weeks and suffered all kinds of humiliations. There were not many in the party who were favouring him. After leaving the BJP he formed his own party, Janata Paksha , which did not do well in the assembly election in 2013.
However, the new outfit caused enough damage to the BJP and helped the Congress return to power in the state. Yeddyurappa contested a year later the Lok Sabha election from the state and was victorios. By now the BJP had realised that the party cannot do better in the southern state without him at the helm.
So, in April last there was a “ghar wapasi” for him. He is unlikely to face the same music again.