Bangalore: The CBI yesterday filed a charge sheet in a trial court here against former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and 13 others in a graft case related to the multi-crore rupee mining scam in the state during his tenure from 2008-2011.
The charge sheet was filed in the court of special judge for CBI cases against Yeddyurappa, his two sons B Y Raghavendra, B Y Vijayendra, son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar, their Shimoga-based Prerna Education Trust, former state Muzrai minister Krishnaiah Shetty and six mining firms, including the Bellary-based JSW Steels Ltd.
Raghavendra is a BJP Lok Sabha member from Yeddyurappa’s home town Shimoga. The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a criminal case against Yeddyurappa and the other accused on the directive of the Supreme Court May 11 under the various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and the Karnataka Land (restriction on) Transfer Act.
The other accused are JSW Steels vice-chairman Sajjan Jindal, its chief executive Vinod Nowal, senior vice-president Vikash Sharma, Anil Sood of South West Mining Company (a joint subsidiary of JSW), Srikant Shetty of Real Technical Solution Ltd, Muralidhar Dash of Jai Bharat Technical Services Ltd and Vivekananda Kulkarni of Industrial Techno Manpower Supply and Services Ltd.
The CBI said Yeddyurappa’s kin had allegedly hatched a criminal conspiracy during 2006-10 to purchase a government land near Bangalore for Rs40 lakh by violating various laws.