Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa was today acquitted by Special CBI court in a bribery case related to illegal mining in the state, according to media reports.
“Justice is done, I stand vindicated… Thanks to all well wishers,friends & supporters who stood with me in my tough times…,” tweeted Yeddyurappa, expressing happiness over his acquittal.
He is a Lok Sabha Member from Shivamogga and the state president for BJP in Karnataka.
He was accused of accepting kickbacks worth 40 crores (Rs 400 million) while he was chief minister, reports said.
In August 2011, Yeddyurappa was forced to resign after Karnataka’s ombudsman or Lokayukta, Santosh Hegde, indicted him for colluding in illegal iron-ore mining in the mineral-rich district of Bellary, according to reports.
He was also jailed for three weeks before being released on bail.
The special court has also declared the former chief minister’s two sons and other relatives, who were being tried in the case, as not guilty, media has reported.
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