After BS Yeddyurappa was given clean chit by a special CBI court on Wednesday in a Rs 40 crore illegal mining case, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said it doesn’t mean the BJP leader didn’t make any mistake. “Court has given him clean chit because of lack of evidence. It doesn’t mean that Yeddyurappa didn’t make mistake,” said Siddaramaiah.
He also said, “Who will be the next CM people will decide, not Yeddyurappa or his party.”
In a huge relief, Yeddyurappa and nine others were acquitted in the kickback case which had cost him his Chief Ministership in 2011 following indictment by the then Lok Ayukta Santosh Hegde.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet in October 2015 against Yeddyurappa, his sons B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra and son-in-law Sohan Kumar, a Bellary-based private steel company and a Shimoga based Trust run by the family of Yeddyurappa for alleged abuse of official position and corruption.
The case also saw Yeddyurappa spend about three weeks in jail in October 2011 in connection with the case before he was granted bail.
The accused had been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption, according to the CBI chargesheet which had alleged involvement of Rs.40 crore kickbacks, including Rs 20 crore that was allegedly paid to a trust run by the Yeddyurappa’s family, for granting favours, including mining licenses, during his chief ministership.