Former Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa was on Wednesday acquitted of bribery and corruption charges worth Rs 40 crores.

Yeddyurappa, his two sons, a son-in-law, steel major JSW Steel and four Bellary-based JSW Steel affiliates were accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption in a case relating to payment of Rs 40 crore in alleged bribe to Yeddyurappa’s family and a family trust in 2010.

They were charged under IPC sections, including 120-B (conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) as also under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Karnataka Land (Restriction on) Transfer Act.

Yeddyurappa resigned as chief minister in July 2011 after the Lokayukta report on illegal mining indicted him following which a spate of corruption and land denotification cases have been filed against him.

(With agency inputs)