26/10/2016 11:38 AM IST | Updated 26/10/2016 12:37 PM IST

BS Yeddyurappa Cleared Of Corruption Charges

"I stand vindicated."

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File photo of senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.

BENGALURU -- A CBI special court on Wednesday acquitted former Karnataka chief minister and state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa and his sons in an illegal mining bribery case.

Elated, the BJP leader tweeted:

Yeddyurappa, his two sons, his son-in-law, steel major JSW Steel and four Bellary-based JSW Steel affiliates were cleared of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption charges.

"The judgement is about 400 to 500 pages. So far, we have not been given the copy of the judgement... The judge said that the prosecution has become unsuccessful in proving the guilt of the accused," advocate CV Nagesh told the media.

The bribe, it is alleged, was paid for grant of official favours during Yeddyurappa's tenure as the chief minister between 2008 and 2011.

In all, 216 witnesses were examined in the case.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet on 16 October 2012, accusing Yeddyurappa and 12 others of corruption after investigations purportedly revealed that ₹20 crore was deposited in personal bank accounts of the Karnataka strongman's sons BY Raghavendra (now a BJP MLA) and BY Vijendra, and his son-in-law Sohan Kumar between August and September 2010.

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