BS Yeddyurappa, former Karnataka chief minister and the current BJP state president, said he stood vindicated after the court acquitted him in a Rs 40 crore bribing case in connection with alleged grant of favours to a JSW Steel affiliate in the mining of iron ore.
Minutes after the court pronounced him not guilty, Yeddyurappa tweeted, “Satyameva Jayate.”
“Justice is done, I stand vindicated… Thanks to all well wishers,friends & supporters who stood with me in my tough times…” he wrote in another tweet.
Outside the court, the BJP leader told reporters that the court has called the allegations against him ‘false and politically motivated.’
Along with the former chief minister, the court cleared his two sons, a son-in-law, steel major JSW Steel and four Bellary-based JSW Steel affiliates of the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption charges.
A chargesheet was filed by the CBI in October, 2012 in which Yeddyurappa and 12 others were accused of corruption after investigations purportedly revealed that Rs 20 crore was deposited in personal bank accounts of his sons B Y Raghavendra (now a BJP MLA in Karnataka) and B Y Vijendra, and his son-in-law Sohan Kumar between August and September 2010.
The CBI had claimed that the money came from South West Mining Company, a JSW Steel affiliate, for allegedly granting favours to the company to mine iron ore.