Jagan's order posted to September 23

Jagan's order posted to September 23

Jagan's order posted to September 23

After a CBI counsel opposed the bail plea of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets cases, a special court at Nampally posted the hearing  to September 23.

The court heard arguments of the CBI counsel and Reddy’s lawyer on Wednesday.

The CBI opposing the bail plea came as a rude shock to Reddy, who is expecting bail soon.

The CBI stated that the Supreme Court had not said that the accused “may be granted bail after four months.”

It was on May 9, while rejecting his bail plea, that the apex court directed the CBI to complete investigations and file charge sheets within four months. CBI counsel opposed the bail plea on the grounds that Reddy being a powerful politician, could influence witnesses if released.

In its counter to the petition, the CBI informed the court that it completed the probe in the case within the four months as stipulated and asserted that the trial would commence soon.

Reddy’s lawyer Sushil Kumar argued that since the investigations were completed, his client was eligible to be considered for bail.

According to him, Reddy in his bail petition had told the court that his presence was required in Andhra Pradesh, in view of the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra over the state’s bifurcation. Reddy was arrested by the CBI in May last year, and has been lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail since then.

His bail petitions were dismissed on various occasions by the trial court, the high court and the Supreme Court. The CBI has so far filed 10 charge sheets in the case and might file a last charge sheet shortly.

Reddy has been charged with criminal conspiracy along with his father, then chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, to favour companies and individuals who invested in his business.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has adjourned a hearing of the PIL filed against the APNGOs’ strike to Thursday.

An advocate named Ravi Kumar has filed the PIL claiming that the strike was illegal.

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