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.
The acquittal clears the path for Yeddyurappa to present himself as the Chief Minister candidate of the BJP in the 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka. BJP national president Amit Shah had earlier declared that the Lingayat leader would be the party’s chief minister candidate.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the news:
BS Yeddyurappa acquitted by CBI in 40 Crore bribe case.
Anyway, he was not guilty the second he joined politics.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) October 26, 2016
Acche Din very Acche Din for defaulters of Axis Bank and former CM BS Yeddyurappa ji. Truly the golden phase of @narendramodi ji governance
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) October 26, 2016
Bellary Mining Case: CBI Special Court acquits BS Yeddyurappa & all accused of all charges. Truth won!
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) October 26, 2016
@BSYBJP Nice work Sir. Continue the good work and expose the bad governance. We are all with you for our K’taka and Nation.
— Twittizen (@Upsunson) October 26, 2016