The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a petition before the CBI special court here seeking cancellation of bail given to Opposition leader and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case. The probe agency argued that the accused has been influencing witnesses. The court has now issued notices to Jaganmohan Reddy, directing him to file a counter petition before April 7.
The CBI sought the cancellation, citing an interview of former chief secretary Ramakanth Reddy who is a witness in the case, telecast on Sakshi news channel owned by Jaganmohan Reddy. Ramakanth Reddy even mentioned the name of former joint director of CBI Lakhminarayana, then in-charge of the case, in the interview. The CBI argued that the interview was “motivated” and made with malicious intension showing the central agency in a bad light.
The CBI counsel told the court that the IAS officer in the interview has been casting aspersions on the agency saying that it has targeted only IAS officers, leaving the politicians scot-free. It was on September 23, 2013, after almost 16 months in jail, Jaganmohan Reddy got conditional bail in the disproportionate assets case. He was arrested on May 27, 2012 by the CBI after prolonged questioning at the Lake View Guest House here and remanded to custody in the Chanchalguda prison.