Bangalore, Aug 3 (IANS): Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj today sanctioned the prosecution of caretaker Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa under the Prevention of Corruption Act for his "criminal involvement" in the multi-crore rupee mining scam in the State.
"The Governor recommended the Karnataka Lokayukta to initiate criminal proceedings against Yeddyurappa ... on the basis of the ombudsman's investigation report on illegal mining," a communique from Raj Bhavan said.
Accepting the findings of the voluminous probe report, Bhardwaj recommended the ombudsman to prosecute Yeddyurappa as the competent authority under the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1994.
"The Governor also directed the ombudsman to take action against Yeddyurappa through the Lokayukta police and conveyed his decision to the registrar of the Lokayukta," the communique noted.
The Governor's sanction comes a day after Yeddyurappa filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday for a stay on the ombudsman's probe report, which recommended his trial for corruption.
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