SC hands Yeddyurappa mining probe to CBI

The SC ordered CBI to conduct a “fair and proper” investigation against B S Yeddyurappa

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi | Published: May 12, 2012 2:14 am

The Supreme Court today ordered CBI to conduct a “fair and proper” investigation against former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for “serious illegalities” and misuse of public office,which allowed his sons and son-in-law to make windfall profits through land transactions with private mining firms.

“The CBI shall undertake investigation in a most fair,proper and unbiased manner uninfluenced by the stature of the persons and the political or corporate clout,involved…,” a Green Bench of Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia and Justices Aftab Alam and Swatanter Kumar said.

The investigation has been ordered on the basis of two findings in a report filed by a Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee which found “prima facie evidence” against Yeddyurappa.

One,that Yeddyurappa allegedly tweaked public policy to denotify acquisition proceedings of an agricultural land in Bangalore so that his two sons and son-in-law could sell it to M/s South West Mining Limited,a Jindal Group company,as prime residential property.

Two,that a donation of Rs 20 crore was received by Prerana Education Society,allegedly run by Yeddyurappa’s family,from M/s South West Mining Limited.

The court gave the CBI a free hand to examine records of any connected matter pending before any investigating agency or court. All other probes shall stop. The CBI has three months to complete the probe and file a report in the court concerned,with a copy to the Supreme Court. Till then,all court proceedings shall stay frozen.

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