B.S. Yeddyurappa. Photo by Hemant Mishra/Mint

With four Karnataka ministers, including former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, in jail, Advani’s public meeting in Bangalore on Sunday was also conspicuous by the absence of supporters of Yeddyurappa, many of who are embroiled in corruption cases.

In the past four months, eight present and former state ministers have been charged in cases of corruption, of which four have been put in jail. The eight facing corruption cases are alleged to have caused a loss of 125 crore to the exchequer, and made 848 crore in financial benefits, according to calculations by ‘Mint’. These figures could go up as the investigation into the cases progresses.

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For instance, the report by the state anticorruption ombudsman, Lokayukta, on illegal mining estimates that 15,000 crore worth of iron ore has been illegally mined in the last few years. Leading the list is Yeddyurappa, who has six cases against him. His decisions are alleged to have cost R910 crore to the exchequer, while his family and aides are alleged to have benefited to the tune of 256.09 crore.

shamsheer.y@livemint.com

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