In more trouble for jailed former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, a local court on Wednesday granted one month time to Lokayukta police to submit its final report in a corruption case filed against him.
Lokayukta Special Court Judge N. K. Sudhindra Rao accepted the Lokayukta police’s request for time till November 26 to file the final report on allegations that Mr. Yeddyurappa received a Rs.13 crore kickback for awarding the second stage Upper Bhadra Irrigation project to a private firm.
The Lokayukta police, which had been directed by the court to furnish the report on October 10 on the investigation conducted in connection with a private complaint lodged by JD(S) leader Y. S. Datta, had sought time till today.
Submitting the status report on the investigations, Lokayukta Deputy Superintendent of Police Girish, who has been investigating the case, pleaded for one month more time to file the final report.
The court, which took cognisance of the complaint, had directed the Lokayukta police to file an FIR against Mr. Yeddyurappa on August 10 and conduct investigations.
Mr. Datta in his complaint had alleged that R N S Jyoti firm was the highest bidder for the project, quoting the cost at Rs. 1,033 crore, and Mr. Yeddyurappa had awarded the contract to it, ignoring the claims of the lowest bidders.
The complaint alleged that as a quid pro quo, R N S Jyoti firm transferred Rs. 13 crore to Davalagiri Developers and Sahyadri Healthcare, owned and managed by Mr. Yeddyurappa’s sons and son-in-law and Mr. Yeddyurappa was accused of abusing his power as chief minister.
This is the sixth corruption case filed against Mr. Yeddyurappa apart from five complaints registered by two advocates, Sirajin Basha and K. N. Balra, who secured the Governor’s sanction to prosecute the former Chief Minister under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, however, has secured anticipatory bail from the High Court in the Upper Bhadra case.