Yeddyurappa, two sons get bail in illegal mining kickback case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court  here on Monday granted bail to former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, his two sons and son-in-law and nine others, including former minister S N Krishnaiah Setty, in an illegal mining kickback case.

While imposing certain conditions, the judge M C Biradar directed the accused to furnish a personal bond of Rs two lakh each and a surety of the like sum.

Observing that it was a fit case for extension of bail, the court said it could not gather that the accused would tamper with the prosecution witnesses or that there was any possibility of their absconding.

The court also observed that the investigation was already concluded in the case.
It, however, asked the accused to regularly appear before it on each date of hearing, not to tamper with the prosecution witnesses, surrender their passports and not to leave the country without its permission.

Earlier, the court agreed with the contention of the Special Public Prosecutor that the interest of the State was important and proper conditions were required to be imposed on the accused if granted bail.

The matter has been adjourned to January 29 for hearing before charge. Yeddyurappa, his sons B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar and Setty were present in the court.

Charge sheet

On October 16, the CBI had filed a charge sheet before the special court against the accused. The charge sheet also names JSW Steels, its Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal, CEO Vinod Nowal and senior Vice-President Vikash Sharma among others.

In the charge sheet, which has 167 witnesses, the accused have been charged under the sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 109 (abetment), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (forging documents) of the Indian Penal Code; sections 7, 9, 11, 12, 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and section 9 read with section 4 of the Karnataka Land (Restriction on) Transfer Act.

The CBI had said that its investigation has revealed that the accused had allegedly hatched a criminal conspiracy during 2006–2010, and pursuant to the said conspiracy the two sons and a son-in-law of Yeddyurappa purchased land for Rs 40 lakh which was notified for acquisition by the State by violating various laws.

The said land, measuring about 1.12 acre was notified by the State government in Rachenahalli in Bangalore for the formation of Arkavathy Layout.

Denotification

The land was then denotified from acquisition by Yeddyurappa by allegedly abusing his official position in violation of various rules.

Further, it was sold at an exorbitant rate of Rs 20 crore to the South West Mining Company, even though the guidance value of the land was Rs 1.5 crore.

The firm, through its sister companies, allegedly paid a sum of  Rs 20 crore as a donation to a Trust run by Yeddyurappa’s relatives.

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