SC order on CBI probe against BSY next week
The Supreme Court on Friday said it would pronounce order next week on the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) recommendations for a CBI probe on charges of corruption cases against former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and others.
A three-judge forest bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia decided to first ascertain the facts after Yeddyurappa and mining lease holders, accused of giving inducements to then chief minister, contended that all the aspects of corruption charges were already being probed on the direction of Lokayukta Special Judge for which they were sought to be investigated now by the CBI.
The court was dealing with an interim application filed by an NGO, Samaj Parivartan Samudaya.
The bench, also comprising justices Aftab Alam and Swatanter Kumar, directed Yeddyurappa, South West Mining Company and mining lease holder Praveen Chandra to provide details by Saturday 4 pm as to which aspects of the matters had already been probed by Lokayukta or some other agency, or in which case FIR has been quashed by the Karnataka High Court.
Senior counsel Shyam Divan, appearing for the CEC, read out the excerpts of the April 20 report, recommending a CBI probe on the alleged land denotification scam and donations received from mining companies to trusts owned by family members of the Lingayat leader.
Appearing for Yeddyurappa, senior advocate V Giri pointed out that some of the allegations made by the CEC were a part of the Lokayukta FIR which had already been quashed by the Karnataka High Court.