Who Is Influencing The Court In Jagan’s Cases?

DARA GOPI

  • If interview records of Sakshi are evidence to prove Jagan’s attempt to influence the witnesses or courts, what about the records of Assembly and Council where TDP leaders have made repeated references to the case?

 

Amaravati: The CBI’s petition in the special court seeking cancellation of the bail given to YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is debated widely among the political circles here. The CBI had cited an interview of former chief secretary Ramakanth Reddy recently in the television and vernacular newspaper, both owned by Jagan Mohan Reddy’s family. The Sakshi group had aired the interview conducted by freelance journalist Kommineni Srinivasa Rao and the same was carried in the newspaper.

The former chief secretary revealed certain facts about the case recollecting from his memory as he was also questioned by the CBI as part of the investigation. He revealed parts of his interaction with the investigating official and claimed to have told the CBI that the cases would not stand scrutiny in the court of law.

The CBI claimed that these comments were a planned by the accused to influence the investigating agency and the witnesses in the case. While Jagan Mohan Reddy has some time to respond to the CBI’s petition and get extension of his bail, the big question doing rounds is the ways of influencing the case.

If Ramakanth Reddy’s single interview has the potential to influence the witnesses, how many times that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Ministerial colleagues, Central Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, leaders from the village level to the national level, spoke about the case. There is not a single day that goes without the TDP leaders referring to the CBI cases against Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Enforcement Directorate attaching his assets. There were number of times that the issues were referred by the Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs and MLCs in the State Assembly and Council.

The records of both the Houses in Andhra Pradesh stand as evidences against the single Sakshi TV evidence to prove who is trying to influence the courts and witnesses. The Special Court which had received the CBI’s petition should pose the question to the CBI sleuths who were allegedly influenced by the ruling party leaders to take advantage of Ramakanth Reddy’s interview.

The case is in the hearing stage and the TDP leaders are aware of the fact. But, there goes not a single day and not a single occasion for them without making a reference to the case and repeat the charges against Jagan Mohan Reddy. If speaking about the cases is an attempt to influence either in favour of Jagan Mohan Reddy or against him, the TDP has a strong case of making such attempts both inside and outside the Legislative Assembly and Council.

If a single interview of a former officer telecast/published one day is evidence and has to strength to influence the courts and witnesses, the number of statements made by Chief Minister, Ministers and others everyday can also be taken as the cases or attempts to influence the courts. A retired officers’ statement telecast in a private channel carries less weight when compared with the statements of Chief Minister, Ministers and others that can be found in the records of the AP Assembly and Council.

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