CBI raids homes of Yeddyurappa and sons.

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cbi raids yeddyurappaMay 16 Bangalore:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting raids at eight premises belonging to former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, his sons and others as part of its ongoing investigation into an illegal mining case. Apart from Mr Yeddyurappa and his two sons – BY Raghavendra, who is the BJP MP from Shimoga, and BY Vijayendra; his son-in-law, Sohan Kumar’s properties are also being searched, as is the residence of mining laseholder R Praveen Chandra and office of the South West Mining Company Limited.

A nine-member team headed by Inspector General of CBI Lakshminarayana commenced the raids at Mr. Yeddyurappa’s residences in Dollars Colony and Race Course Road here besides a firm owned by one of his sons, the sources told PTI. The raids began at 6.15 a.m. and would continue throughout the day, the sources said.

Today’s raids come a day after the investigating agency filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Mr Yeddyurappa and the three others and formed a special nine-member team for the investigation. The CBI has booked the former chief minister for criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

The main allegation against him is that as chief minister, he used his public office to grant undue favours to mining companies which, in turn, made huge “donations” to the Prerna Education Society run by his family members.

The apex court had May 11 ordered the CBI to investigate the charges that a subsidiary of the steel major Jindal group (South West Mining Company) had donated Rs.10 crore to an educational trust (Prerana) set up by Yeddyurappa’s kin for granting it leases to mine iron ore during his tenure from May 30, 2008 to July 31, 2011.

Sources said the CBI was not likely to arrest Yeddyurappa soon. The investigation team will arrest him only after probing the allegations against him. Sources said Yeddyurappa might be arrested by the end of June or in the first week of July.

The Supreme Court has asked the investigative agency to submit its report to the jurisdictional court as well as to the apex court in three months. Moreover, the court has said that the report submitted by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) should be treated as informant’s information. The apex court’s order came after the CEC submitted its report.

Yeddyurappa, who has been sulking over BJP’s refusal to entertain his demand for his reinstatement as Chief Minister, has now trained his guns on former confidante and Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda, accusing him of insulting and casting aspersions on him.

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