The lokayukta police on Monday gave a clean chit to former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in a case where he was accused of receiving Rs13-crore kickback for awarding an irrigation project to a private firm.
The anti-corruption agency’s report to the lokayukta special court said their probe into the private complaint of Janata Dal (Secular) leader YSV Datta relating to the project in Upper Bhadra river area had revealed his charges against Yeddyurappa were baseless.
Datta had alleged the BJP leader’s family-owned company and a trust had accepted “donations” of Rs13 crore to allot the project to RNS Infrastructure Jyothi Ltd, which had quoted a higher price than another bidder.According to Datta, the firm had transferred Rs13 crore to Davalagiri Properties Private Ltd and Sahyadri Healthcare And Diagnostics, owned and managed by Yeddyurappa's sons (BY Raghavendra and BY Vijayendra) and son-in-law (RN Sohan Kumar).
Datta’s complaint stated Kirloskar Brothers And Shankar had quoted Rs1,025 crore for the second stage Upper Bhadra Irrigation project, while the RNS Infrastructure Jyothi Ltd bid was Rs1,033 crore.
The investigating officer, deputy superintendent Girish S, stated in his report to the court “there was no illegal favour found in the allotment of tender”.
Lokayukta court judge NK Sudhindra Rao adjourned further hearing to February 23.
Following a direction from the court in October last year, the lokayukta police had registered a first information report in the case. The clean chit to Yeddyurappa comes when the lokayukta institution is headless. The post is vacant since last year when Shivraj V Patil resigned following a land scandal.
Yeddyurappa, who was granted anticipatory bail by the Karnataka HC in the Upper Bhadra case, is facing six other private complaints.