Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his family members appeared before a CBI court in Bangalore on Saturday in connection with a case relating to alleged kickbacks in illegal mining.

Along with Mr. Yeddyurappa, his sons B.Y. Raghavendra, a Lok Sabha member, and B.Y. Vijayendra, son-in-law R.N. Sohan Kumar and former Minister Krishnaiah Setty appeared before Principal Judge D.A. Venkat Sudarshan, who adjourned the case till May 15.

On January 29, the court had directed Mr. Yeddyurappa and the other accused to appear before it without fail.

Special Public Prosecutor Sudarshan had earlier opposed the exemption applications filed by Mr. Yeddyurappa and sought time to clarify and furnish copies of certain statements sought by the accused.

On December 10, the court had granted bail to all the 13 accused while imposing certain conditions, including directing them to furnish a personal bond of Rs. two lakh each and surety of a like sum.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet in October last year against the accused, including the senior vice-president of a Bellary-based private steel company and five Bellary-based firms, besides a Shimoga-based Trust run by the family of Mr. Yeddyurappa for alleged abuse of official position and corruption.

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