BANGALORE: After an investigation spanning nearly six months, the Lokayukta police have given a “clean chit” to former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his sons in the Upper Bhadra Irrigation Project scam.
The police on Monday filed a B-report in the Lokayukta Special Court; this must sure come as a relief to Yeddyurappa and his sons, who are facing a slew of other corruption charges.
The police had recently filed B-report in connection with an illegal denotification of government land case involving Home Minister R Ashok and Yeddyurappa. This is the second time the Lokayukta police are filing B-report in cases involving political heavyweights. In the investigation report that runs into 23,000 pages, that also comprise documents, police state that allegations levelled against Yeddyurappa and his kin are baseless. The police have taken into consideration that when the tenders were allotted there was Governor’s rule in the state, submitting that the question of Yeddyurappa allotting the tenders did not arise at all. Even the allegation that Dhavalagiri Properties owned by Yeddyurappa’s kin received kickback of `13 crore from RNS Group was baseless as the money was actually invested by RNS Group with the former.
Police said there is violation of rules mentioned in the Company Registration Act in investing money, but it could be formalised by paying a penalty.
datta disappointed, to appeal in hc
Expressing disappointment over the decision of the Lokayukta police to file a B report in the case of alleged kickbacks against former CM B S Yeddyurappa in the Upper Bhadra Project, JD(S) MLC Y S V Datta said that he would file an appeal in the High Court against the decision. "I am disappointed because I had filed the complaint with voluminous documentary evidence, which alone should be enough for a prima facie case against the former CM and his sons," he said here on Monday. Datta had filed a private complaint against Yeddyurappa on June 27, 2011, in which he had alleged that the latter had received a kickback of `13 crore from a private company in awarding the contract for Upper Bhadra Project. However, Lokayukta police team led by DySP Girish on Monday submitted a voluminous report to Justice Sudheendra Rao in which it is said that prima facie there is no case against Yeddyurappa and evidence to prove the payment of kickbacks.