Former Karnataka chief minister and state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa has been acquitted by a CBI special court in the Rs 40 crore bribery corruption case involving his family members and the steel company JSW.
In his first reaction to the judgment Yeddyurappa tweeted, " Justice is done, I stand vindicated... Thanks to all well wishers,friends & supporters who stood with me in my tough times..." He added, "Satyameva Jayate..".
Justice is done, I stand vindicated... Thanks to all well wishers,friends & supporters who stood with me in my tough times...— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 26, 2016
Satyameva Jayate..— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 26, 2016
Yeddyurappa, his sons - BJP MLA BY Raghavendra and BY Vijayendra - his son-in-law Sohan Kumar, JSW Steel and its four of its Bellary-based affiliates, were acquitted of the charges against them.In October 2011, Yeddyurappa was sent to Banglore's central jail but was released on bail within three weeks. He had also unsuccessfully moved both the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of charges against him.
According to the CBI charge sheet, Yeddyurappa's family had allegedly paid Rs 40 crore to a trust in exchange for official favours in mining licenses during his chief ministership from 2008 to 2011.
During the hearing on 3 May, Yeddyurappa broke down while maintaining his innocence. He had claimed then that he was a victim of political conspiracy.