Jagan sent to CBI custody for five days
The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Saturday sent Kadapa MP and YSR Congress Party President YS Jaganmohan Reddy in CBI custody for five days from Sunday. This dashed hopes of Jagan to campaign for his party in June 12 elections.
The High Court directed the CBI to interrogate Jagan from 10:30 am to 5 pm every dayin the presence of two of his advocates with a caution not to resort to third degree methods.
The High Court, while justifying the arrest of Jagan, also rejected Jagan’s petition seeking scraping of the disproportionate assets case.
While Jagan's counsels tried to impress the HC that his arrest was nothing but political vendetta, the CBI said further interrogation is required as the YSR Congress Party chief was either evading replies to certain critical questions or shifting the responsibility on to his auditor, Vijay Sai Reddy.
Additional Solicitor General Harin P Raval handed over a document to Justice B Chandra Kumar of the High Court pertaining to the Luxembourg transactions. The document is said to establish how crores of rupees were re-routed to the Jagan firms. This document was furnished by the CBI's foreign investigation unit .
Raval said witnesses who had deposed before the CBI and the magistrate are now either turning hostile or evasive because of Jagan’s influence. It has already happened in the case of three witnesses in the Jagan assets case, he said.
Jagan's senior counsel Ranjit Kumar asked the High Court as to what was wrong if a businessman-cum-politician (Jagan) depended on his auditor as owners of companies normally do.
On Friday, a special CBI court had dismissed the bail plea Jagan.