Spelling more trouble for former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the Lokayukta police have registered an FIR against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act on charges of financial irregularities in the Upper Bhadra irrigation project related works.
In line with the Aug 8 order of the Lokayukta court directing investigation into the charges against Mr. Yeddyurappa in a private complaint, an FIR has been registered under section 158 (3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, In-charge Lokayukta Superintendent of Police, Rangaswamy Naik said.
The complaint filed by JD (S) spokesperson Y.S.V. Dutta, alleged that the project was awarded to the highest bidder, a private firm RNS Jyothi at Rs. 1,033 crore, contrary to the norm, as in the case of a government project it is the lowest bidder who gets the contract.
And in turn for this favour, RNS Jyothi transferred an amount of Rs. 13 crore to firms by name Dhavalagiri Developers and Sahyadri Healthcare, owned by Yeddyurappa’s sons and son-in-law, he alleged.
Mr. Dutta, citing another instance in the complaint, has questioned donation of Rs. 10 crore by a private mining firm to Prerana Educational Society, run by Mr. Yeddyurappa’s family in Shimoga.
The Lokayukta special court had on Monday directed the Lokayukta Superintendent of Police to conduct a probe into receipt of Rs. 10 crore donation by the trust.
In another case relating to alleged irregularities in de-notification of lands acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority, Mr. Yeddyurappa is facing a summon along with 14 others to appear before the Lokayukta Special Court on August 27.