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Illegal mining case: CBI raids Yeddyurappa, kin residences

Illegal mining case: CBI raids Yeddyurappa, kin residences
Swinging into action a day after filing an FIR against former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in connection with illegal mining, CBI officials on Wednesday conducted simultaneous raids at the senior BJP leader's residences in Bangalore and in some other places in the state. A joint team of CBI officials from Hyderabad and Bangalore also raided residences of Yeddyurappa's sons BY Raghavendra, MP, and BY Vijayendra as also his son-in-law RN Sohan Kumar here and their home district Shimoga, police sources said.

A nine-member team headed by Inspector General of CBI Lakshminarayana commenced the raids at Yeddyurappa's residences in Dollars Colony and Race Course Road in Bangalore besides a firm owned by one of his sons, the sources said.

The raids come in the wake of the CBI registering a case against Yeddyurappa and others in line with the May 11 Supreme Court directive ordering a probe by the central agency into alleged undue favours shown by him to firms involved in illegal mining in lieu of donations to a charitable trust run by his kin when he was the chief minister.

The raids began at 6.15 am and would continue throughout the day, the sources said.

The CBI action comes at a time when Yeddyurappa is facing the heat of internal turmoil in the BJP triggered by a revolt by his loyalists gunning for a change of leadership of DV Sadananda Gowda with nine ministers and many MLAs submitting their resignations to him.

After aggressive postures that pushed the BJP's first ever government in the south to the brink, Yeddyurappa on Monday said he had decided to quit the party but was putting it off heeding the advise of party senior leader Arun Jaitely and others.

Yeddyurappa, who was forced to quit last year after the Lokayukta report indictment on illegal mining, is also battling a spate of cases for alleged irregularities in land denotification.

[Source : Hindustan Times]