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Yeddyurappa, family members booked by Lokayukta

Bangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta Police today registered an FIR against former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and his family members in connection with the anti-corruption watchdog’s report into illegal mining.

Besides Yeddyurappa, his sons B Y Raghavendra, MP and B Y Vijendra and son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar and others have been named in the FIR under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Lokayukta sources told PTI.

The case relates to alleged donation of Rs 10 crore paid by South West Mining Company to a trust run by Yeddyurappa’s family and also a transaction of Rs 20 crore in the sale of land to a mining firm by them.

Then Lokayukta Santosh Hegde in his July 27 report on illegal mining had indicted Yeddyurappa, which led to his exit as chief minister, over these transactions.

Governor H R Bhardwaj, who accepted the chapter 22 of the report relating to the two transactions had forwarded it to the Lokayukta for initiating criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa and others.

On August 20, Lokayukta Shivaraj Patil had directed the Lokayukta police to proceed in the matter according to law.

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