Bangalore, Dec 10: A day after BS Yeddyurappa formally launched the Karnataka Janata Party, he has enough reason to smile as on the one hand the ruling BJP is struggling to contain the fallout of his exit and on the other the CBI court here finally accepted his bail plea in a mining case.
Both his sons and a son-in-law have been granted conditional bail too. CBI judge MC Biradar today ordered each of them to furnish a bond of Rs 2 lakh along with surety.
All the accused should appear before the court whenever it hears the case, the judge stressed. Yeddyurappa, his son-in-law and two sons must surrender their passports and seek the court's permission if they want to go abroad, the court said. The accused have been warned not to influence the prosecution witnesses in any way.
The Special Public Prosecutor had sought the imposition of certain conditions on the accused in the interest of the State.
RN Sohan Kumar, son-in-law of Yeddyurappa, was present in the court today alongwith the KJP president. The latter's sons BY Vijayendra and BY Raghavendra, a member of the Lok Sabha, also heeded the summons which the CBI court had issued on Nov 16.
The judge said that given the accused's status, they were neither likely to "tamper with the prosecution witnesses" nor was there "any possibility of their absconding".
The court then let off Yeddyurappa and the other accused after noting that they can be extended "this liberty"(bail) as the CBI has already completed its probe in the case.
(with PTI inputs)