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Ex-Karnataka chief minister cleared in bribery case

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Ex-Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Ex-Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — An Indian court has acquitted the former chief minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, in a corruption case. He had been accused of taking kickbacks for selling government land during his term, which lasted from 2008 through 2011.

His two sons and son-in-law were also acquitted in the bribery matter.

Yeddyurappa is credited with giving his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a stranglehold in southern India after forming the party’s first government in the region. The party heads India’s federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but has not traditionally had a strong presence in the south of the country.

Prosecutors had alleged Yeddyurappa accepted more than $5 million in kickbacks. Speaking to reporters after the acquittal, he said he was “happy with the judgement,” and felt “vendicated.”

“I will now be able to campaign freely to bring my party [back] to power in Karnataka,” he said.

Analysts have immediately said his acquittal is sure to serve the BJP as a boost in the upcoming 2018 state elections. However, Yeddyurappa has had a fairly tumultuous relationship with the party.

After becoming the party’s first chief minister in 2007, his alliance with the JDS party was short lived, and represented his fall from grace. He was ultimately forced to resign just days after, but led the BJP back to the grace of a full majority in 2008.

Shortly after he did that, he was forced yet again to resign his post — the allegations of kickbacks and corruption saw him out the door. The next year, he would quit the party.

His exit was brief, as Yeddyurappa returned as its state president in 2013.

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4 Indian Americans die, 2 missing in Hurricane Ida floods

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TRENTON (Diya TV) — At least four Indian Americans are dead and two missing as the massive floods ravaged New York and New Jersey following Hurricane Ida. Authorities say the victims were swept away by flood waters or drowned. Crews are using boats and drones, hoping to find more survivors.

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In a historic moment, three women took oath as judges on India’s Supreme Court

Justices Hima Kohli, BV Nagarathna and Bela M Trivedi, were among the nine new appointees to the highest court of the land. Including these new appointments, the  Supreme Court has had 11 women judges in its history so far.

What a run for India at this year’s Paralympics. The athletes brought home 19 medals, including five gold. The medal count also included eight silver and six bronze.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi to visit US in late September to meet Biden

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first U.S. visit since President Joe Biden took office. Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York in the last week of September, according to top government officials. Modi and Biden have already met virtually on at least three occasions. Most recently at the G-7 summit this past June.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington is getting personal in her fight against the new Texas abortion law, which would ban terminating a pregnancy as early as 6 weeks.  The Indian American politician took to twitter to say getting an abortion years ago was not an easy choice, but it was her own choice. Jayapal says preserving this right is important for every woman across the US.

Mia Bonta is declaring victory in her California state Assembly race. She faced off against Indian American Democrat Janani Ramachandran in the District 18 special election.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Census: Indian American population tops 4 million

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (Diya TV) — Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting the achievements of Indian Americans and their influence after the latest census data showing tremendous growth in the community. There are now more than four million Indian Americans and they’re considered one of the fastest growing ethnic groups.  Krishnamurthi says this is just the beginning and expects the community to contribute even more to the fabric of America.  

Pakistan National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf is trying to walk back his controversial statements he allegedly made to a  British newspaper. The Sunday Times says he warned that the West risks a second 9/11 situation if it doesn’t “immediately recognize” the Taliban. The newspaper is standing by its reporting and says the entire interview was recorded.

A white man accused of running over a Sikh man outside a Colorado liquor store with his car is being charged with a hate crime.  Witnesses say Eric Breemen nearly killed Lakhwant Singh after a dispute. The Sikh Coalition advocacy group mobilized the community and helped push for the hate crime charges. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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