Yeddyurappa acquitted in 40-crore mining bribery case: Twitter reaction

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 3:37 pm

 

He has been batting for G S Basavaraju Former chief minister Yeddyurappa was forced to resign from his post by the BJP leadership and spent 25 days in jail for his alleged role in the mining case.

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.

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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: