Scandal-tainted top Indian state official resigns

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NEW DELHI (AP) -- A top elected official in a key Indian state has resigned after an anti-corruption panel indicted him in a multibillion-dollar bribery scandal involving granting of mining contracts.

Karnataka state Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa resigned Sunday on instruction from his Bharatiya Janata Party. The Hindu nationalist party is the main national opposition party and the ruling party in Karnataka.

The anti-corruption panel recommended Wednesday that lawmakers and hundreds of government officials be prosecuted on charges of bribery for handing out mining contracts in southern India.

The three-member investigation panel found that Yeddyurappa, several ministers and opposition lawmakers also violated environmental laws.