Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj has sanctioned the prosecution of outgoing chief minister BS Yeddyurappa by the Karnataka Lokayukta under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for his involvement in the illegal mining of iron ore in the State.
“The Governor of Karnataka and Competent Authority under the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, having carefully examined the Report of Hon’ble Lokayukta along with relevant annexures, with reference to the provisions of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1994, and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, accepted the findings and recommendation of Hon’ble Lokayukta in Chapter 22 of the Report for initiating criminal proceedings against Shri BS Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka,” according to a press release issued by the Governor’s office.
“There is no need for special permission to prosecute Yeddyurappa at this stage as there is need to conduct an investigation by the Lokayukta police.
The ombudsman submitted a copy of the probe report to me and I have accepted it as I am the competent authority,” Bhardwaj told reporters after he administered the oath of office to the new Lokayukta, Justice (retd) Shivaraj V Patil on Wednesday. Economic Times