Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's two sons and son-in-law, co-accused in a case over alleged irregularities in awarding of contracts for the Upper Bhadra irrigation project.
The case had been filed on a private complaint before the Lokayukta court by JDS spokesperson YSV Dutta. Allowing the petitions filed by the trio, Justice KN Keshavanarayana granted anticipatory bail to BY Raghavendra, an MP, BY Vijayendra and RN Sohan Kumar on condition that they cooperate with the investigation, not leave the jurisdiction of the court without prior permission and not tamper with evidence.
Yeddyurappa has already been granted anticipatory bail in the complaint. On May 26, the Lokayukta Court had rejected the Lokayukta police report in the case and had directed it to probe the charges against Yeddyurappa, Dhavalagiri Properties (a firm in which his two sons and son-in-la are proprietors), Sahyadri Healthcare and Murdeshwar Enterprises and submit its report.
The court on September 21 had ordered issue of notice to Dutta and Lokayuta police on a criminal petition by Yeddyurappa and Dhavalagiri Properties, seeking quashing of the September 4 order of issuance of summons.
Dutta alleged Yeddyurappa had received a Rs 16 crore kickback for awarding the contract for second stage of the project to RNS Infrastructure Limited and Jyothi Limited though the joint venture firm was the highest bidder.