Yeddyurappa, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Saginaw Valley State University (US) in 2008, was found guilty by the state Lokayukta citing evidence to charge him for illegally profiteering from land deals in Bangalore and Shimoga, and connecting him to the illegal iron ore export scam in Bellary, Tumkur and Chitradurga districts in the state.
So far, three colleagues of Yeddyurappa, known as BSY for many, have been jailed. Apart from Katta Subramanaya Naidu and SN Krishnaiah Shetty, who are in the same jail, another former minister and Bellary mining mastermind G. Janardhana Reddy is in Hyderabad central jail.
The incident comes at a time when the country’s main opposition party BJP’s leader L.K. Advani is on a Rath Yatra to end corruption and black money. The ruling came as a shocker to BJP leaders as it may be badly cornered in the next general elections which are sure to be fought on the plank of an end to corruption. Ironic enough is that BJP will now be distanced by the ongoing anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare.
India is 87th in the global ranking of corruption.