Don’t grant exemption from Court appearance to Jagan: CBI

In a major setback for Andra Pradesh Chief Minister and YSR Party Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has petitioned the special court to not exempt Jagan from personal appearance in connection with the probe in the disproportionate assets case.
The CBI in its affidavit stated that there is possibility that witnesses could be influenced by using political, money and muscle power. It said that Jagan Reddy is accused in the case in an individual capacity and not as the chief minister, however, his ability to influence witnesses has increased after he became the chief minister.
“All are equal before the law and his current position should not be a hindrance to respect the court and its process, CBI also mentioned party General Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy in the affidavit. He is also an accused in the case along with YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the DA cases where the agency has a field 11 chargesheets.
CBI said Reddy who was the auditor of Jagan in the past, and had tried to influence witnesses and now their power has increased more since they hold powerful positions. It also pointed out about certain bureaucrats who “facilitated crime” are now working under him Jaganmohan Reddy.

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