The kickbacks were related to the awarding of contract in the Upper Bhadra irrigation project that has been in the investigative agencies radar for a while. The police had earlier sought a time of three months from the court to look in to the matter. But, Wednesday (Oct 26) saw Lokayukta (Omudsman) Special Court Judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao giving an ultimatum of sorts and giving the police a months time to investigate the matter.
The probe was ordered on the basis of a complaint filed by Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lawmaker YSV Datta. Datta had alleged that the contract was awarded to the highest bidder in the auction while the rule states that the contact be awarded to the lowest bidder.
As a reward for getting the contract, it is believed that R.N.S Jyothi paid an amount of Rs.13 crore to Dhavalagiri Developers Ltd that is owned by Yeddyurappa's sons BY Vijayendra and BY Raghavendra, and son-in-law R Sohan Kumar. Raghavendra is the BJP's Lok Sabha member from Shimoga constituency, about 280 km from Bangalore.
The irrigation project is intended to take water from the Tunga river in Chikmagalur district to the Bhadra reservoir in the neighbouring Shimoga district.