The Andhra Pradesh High Court has rejected the bail plea of YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, currently in jail over disproportionate assets.
The court accepted the arguments of the CBI that the investigation is in a critical juncture and, therefore, bail should not be granted at this stage. The judge, however, said there was no evidence presented by the CBI to show that Mr Reddy had tampered with evidence.
The bail plea was filed by Mr Reddy’s counsel on June 21 and arguments took place on the 27th and 28th. Arguing on behalf of Mr Reddy, lawyer Ram Jethmalani had said his client was a prominent public figure heading a political party that had 16 MLAs and two MPs, and that Jagan would cooperate with the CBI in the investigation.
The CBI, however, said they intended to file four additional chargesheets in the case and they feel that Mr Reddy was an influential person and could threaten witnesses and tamper with evidence.
The High Court order dismissing the bail petition disappointed the YSR Congress party members, who despite the recent electoral victory, have been feeling listless with their leader away in jail. The party MLAs and MP headed by Mr Reddy’s mother Vijayalakshmi are in Delhi to meet the Prime Minister, to seek his intervention on their allegation that the CBI probe is not being carried out impartially.