Senior counsel of Supreme Court, Sushil Kumar, appearing on behalf of the Kadapa MP, argued that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy was willing to appear before the CBI on May 26 instead of May 25 and added that the CBI court at Nampally had already summoned his client on May 28.
The counsel for the CBI, Mr P. Kesava Rao, contended that an election campaign could not be grounds for seeking exemption from appearing before the investigating agency. He added that Mr Prasad, who had invested Rs 854 crore in Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s companies as a quid pro quo arrangement, had revealed certain crucial aspects regarding the Vanpic scam.
Sources said that the CBI wants to confront Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy with Mr Prasad regarding routing the alleged black money through firms owned by the latter, like Alpha Villas and Gilchrist, into Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s firms like Jagati Publications. Officials will also question the duo regarding allegations of money received by Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy from granite companies that were granted lease of the Chimakurthy granite quarries in Prakasam district during the YSR regime, Indu Projects, Mr Shyam Prasad Reddy, Maytas infra owner B. Ramalinga Raju and others.
The CBI suspects that part of the Rs 854 crore invested by Mr Prasad was routed by other industrialists, companies and contractors favoured by YSR. Mr Nimmagadda Prasad had acted as mediator. Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy was served the notice on Wednesday when he was offering prayers at a church in Rentachintala of Guntur. Following this, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s advocates went to the CBI office at Koti and submitted a letter written by the leader seeking more time. In the letter, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote that he was busy with the byelection campaign and could not attend before June 15. However, the CBI SP, Mr H. Venkatesh, categorically told Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s lawyers that he had to appear before investigating officials.