TDP Hopes Jagan May Be Jailed On April 28
HYDERABAD: The special CBI court probing the disproportionate assets case of YSRC supremo YS Jaganmohan Reddy will pronounce its verdict on April 28 on the petition of the investigating agency to cancel the bail of the leader granted three years ago. In a way, Jagan’s fate will be decided on that day, and the ruling TDP strongly believes that he would be sent to jail.
“The odds are against the leader, as he has been trying to influence the witnesses flouting the norms of the bail. The court will definitely take this into consideration” a senior leader of TDP on condition of anonymity said.
An interview of P. Ramakanth Reddy, former chief secretary, was aired and published in Sakshi TV and Sakshi daily on February 26, in which he made some comments on the case prompting the CBI to file the case. “Mr Reddy, who was CS when YSR was CM, spoke of a key person in Rajasekhara Reddy regime and expressed doubts about the fate of the assets case without that key person in the case. This amounted to influencing witnesses and was, therefore, a violation of bail conditions” the CBI stated in its petition.
Mr. V. Chandrasekhar, DIG of CBI has moved the petition claiming this condition that Mr. Jagan should not do anything that might amount to influence the witnesses had been violated by media owned by the leader. Jagan claimed the interview was neither an act of influencing nor aimed at anyone and moreover, he had nothing to do with the editorial matters of the TV and daily. The arguments were concluded today.
TDP feels Mr. Jagan, who is already in ED’s dragnet, would certainly face tough time ahead of 2019 polls, and he couldn’t come out clean before that.