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CBI court dismisses Jagan’s plea seeking exemption from appearing in DA cases

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on November 01, 2019 Published on November 01, 2019

A CBI special court here on Friday dismissed YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plea to exempt him from appearing in disproportionate assets case.

This comes as a major setback to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who had earlier filed a petition requesting the court to allow his counsel to represent him during the trial every Friday.

The counsel of Reddy sought exemption on the grounds that he has several responsibilities as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and appearing personally in the court in Hyderabad and travelling back to Amaravati will interfere with his discharge of duty and cost about ₹60 lakh for the protocol duties of his personnel.

However, the investigating agency countered it stating that Reddy is the principal beneficiary in several fraudulent transactions of quid pro quo to his firms and his appearance is necessary in the court during the trial.

“The petitioner seeking dispensation of his personal attendance in court on whatever grounds, will virtually entail him to liberate himself from the lawful restrictions imposed by the court will give him an unsolicited liberty to do whatever he wants and influence the witnesses behind the iron walls of political, money and muscle powers,” the CBI’s counter stated.

 

The CBI has filed 11 charge-sheets, besides a supplementary charge-sheet in the cases against Reddy who was released on bail from the prison in September 2013. He was in jail for over 15 months.

 

 

Published on November 01, 2019
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