Tainted Yeddyurappa finally resigns as Karnataka CM

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BANGALORE,July 31 (ANI): After almost three days of suspense, a defiant Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who has been indicted in Lokayukta Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hegde`s report on illegal mining, finally submitted his resignation to Governor HR Bhardwaj here on Sunday.

Yeddyurappa was accompanied by scores of party activists and supporters on his way to the Raj Bhavan here.

Yeddyurappa`s son B Y Raghavendra earlier today said that his father has resigned from his post, and added that he has faxed his resignation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) High Command after being indicted in the illegal mining scam.

“He (B S Yeddyurappa) has already resigned from his office today morning. He has faxed his resignation to the high command,” said Raghavendra.

Yeddyurappa issued a statement on late Thursday night, saying he will tender his resignation on July 31.

Apart from Yeddyurappa, mining barons Reddy brothers and several other influential leaders are reportedly involved in illegal mining in Karnataka as per Lokayukta Justice (retired) N. Santosh Hegde`s report on illegal mining.

Justice Hegde on Wednesday confirmed that Lokayukta registrar Moosa Kunhi NayarMoole had submitted the illegal mining report to the state Chief Secretary S V Ranganath.

Justice Hegde also confirmed that the report indicts Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, members of his family and a trust run by them, and added that in the four-year period between 2006 and 2010, the loss to the Karnataka exchequer from illegal mining was to the tune of Rs.16, 085 crores.

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