Governor Bhardwaj gives go-ahead for Yeddyurappa prosecution

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Bangalore, Aug 3: There seem to more trouble brewing for former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa when Governor HR Bhardwaj recommended to the Lokayukta police to start criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa. This is based on the Lokayukta report that indicted Yeddyurappa along with other ministers for being a part in the illegal mining scam.

With this move, the Governor has given the go-ahead to begin the prosecution of scam-tainted Yeddyurappa. This decision is also touted to bring the famed Bhardwaj-Yeddyurappa spat to an all-time low. Bhardwaj commented that he had reviewed the Lokayukta report and that he agrees with it. The proceedings against the former CM will now begin under the Prevention of Corruption Act. BSY was also indicted on charges of accepting huge kickbacks through his sons NGO.

It was only yesterday (Aug 2) that Yeddyurappa moved the High Court seeking to quash the Lokayukta recommendation to prosecute him. A petition was also placed to the new Karnataka Lokayukta, Shivraj Patil to review this decision.

Yeddyurappa's political secretary B.J. Puttaswamy has been quoted as saying earlier that he was not given an opportunity to explain his stand and that trying him for graft charges and recommending him for prosecution was against principles of natural justice.

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