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May 29, 2012 at 11:33am IST

Bangalore: CBI court to continue hearing BS Yeddyurappa's anticipatory bail plea today

Bangalore: A CBI court will continue hearing former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa's bail plea on Tuesday. The Lingayat strongman had moved court after CBI raids in connection with an illegal mining case earlier this month.

The investigative agency had opposed Yeddyurappa's bail, claiming he could influence the probe.

Being a former chief minister, Yeddyurappa is a highly influential person and therefore custodial interrogation may be necessary, the CBI said.

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The investigative agency had opposed BS Yeddyurappa's bail, claiming he could influence the probe.

The CBI said it also needs to question some officials who worked with Yeddyurappa and submitted that it would hamper its ongoing probe ordered by Supreme Court, if the accused were granted anticipatory bail.

Yeddyurappa and his family members have sought anticipatory bail apprehending arrest by CBI in the wake of the agency filing an FIR against them and raiding their houses on May 16.

Yeddyurappa's sons BY Raghavendra MP, BY Vijendra and son-in-law Sohan Kumar have been accused of securing denotification of 1.2 acres in Rachenahalli when Yedduyurappa was chief minister for a meagre sum of Rs 40 lakh and later sold it to a mining firm for whopping Rs 20 crore.

The mining firms have also allegedly donated Rs 10 crore a trust owned by Yeddyurappa family members. Cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Karnataka Restriction of Land Transfer Act have been filed against them.

With Additional Inputs from PTI