Five days after the Supreme Court ordered CBI to investigate B S Yeddyurappas alleged illegal transactions with mining companies,investigators carried out a series of searches at the homes and offices of the former Karnataka chief minister and members of his family. Offices of mining firms which allegedly paid enterprises run by the family for facilitating iron ore mining were also searched.
Apprehending arrest,Yeddyurappa,his sons and a son-in-law sought anticipatory bail at a special CBI court which asked the agency to respond by tomorrow,when it hears the petitions.
The searches in Bangalore,Shimoga and Bellary districts were carried out after the special court registered a first information report filed by the CBI on the basis of the Supreme Courts May 11 order.
Yeddyurappas homes,the office of his family-run Prerna Educational and Social Trust,the office of Davalagiri Properties,a company run by his sons,and offices of the JSW-linked South West Mining Company were searched.
The CBI case against Yeddyurappa and others for conspiracy,cheating,corruption and violation of the Karnataka Land (Restriction on Transfer) Act,1991,is based on the April 20,2011 recommendation made to the Supreme Court by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) for a probe into the receipt,in March 2010 (when Yeddyurappa was chief minister),of Rs 20 crore as donations by Prerna from South West Mining and others.
Yeddyurappa,who on Monday attacked Karnataka BJP leaders but temporarily postponed plans to quit the assembly in protest against efforts to sideline him,described the raids as an unforgettable day in his political career,and one of the most painful days of his life.
I have great regard for CBI. I will cooperate with it. I hope the truth will come out. They raided my houses in Shimoga. I told them to take all documents. It is the most painful day in my life. I have the highest faith in CBI and judiciary. My sons and I will come out clean, he said.
(With PTI inputs)