Andhra HC gives Jagan's custody to CBI

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 06, 2012 18:02 hrs

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Saturday gave a five-day custody of YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection to a disproportionate assets case.

The court dismissed his quash petition that asked to declare the arrest illegal.

The CBI had asked for 10-day custody of Jagan, but the court granted only five-day custody from June 3.

A special CBI court in Hyderabad on Friday dismissed the interim bail plea of Jagan in connection to the case.

Justice B. Chandra Kumar gave his order on Saturday. He had reserved the order on Friday after listening to arguments from both the sides.

After hearing Jagan´s bail plea on Thursday, the court had reserved its order till Friday.

On Friday, the court dismissed the bail plea upholding the contention of the investigating agency that the petitioner, Jagan, may tamper with the evidence.

Strongly opposing Jagan´s bail plea, CBI counsel Ashok Bhan on Thursday had said that the caee pertained to "a handful of white-collar criminals who are trying to subvert the Constitution".

"He (Jagan) is among the over 100 MPs, who are facing various criminal charges and just because that he is a party President, he cannot claim bail," Bhan asserted.

He also provided a glimpse into the charges the agency was drawing up on Jagan saying that he was part of a scandals that involved "land of poor" being given to "big people" in the name of Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

Jagan had filed a fresh bail petition on Tuesday stating that he want to campaign for his party in the upcoming by-elections in Andhra Pradesh.

By-polls for one Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly seats will take place in the state on June 12.

Arresting Jagan, the CBI argued that his custody was needed in order to find out certain facts.

The CBI told the court that Jagan did not cooperate with the CBI during investigations.

The CBI also argued that Jagan did not give satisfactory explanations while he was questioned for the past three days.

Jagan was arrested by the CBI at around 7-20 pm on May 27 after three days of questioning.

He was sent to judicial custody till June 11 by a Hyderabad CBI court on May 28.

Three chargesheets in connection to the case have already been filed by the probe agency. Jagan has been named as the prime accused in the third chargesheet.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court ordered a CBI probe into Jagan´s wealth on Aug 11, 2011 after Congress leader P Shankar Rao filed a written petition in Nov 2010 seeking it, terming his property as "ill-gotten".

Calling his arrest a conspiracy, Jagan has said that the ruling Congress and along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the CBI have targeted him ahead of the by-elections in the state next month.

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