Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) The Election Commission of India Tuesday refused to intervene in YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), party sources said.
The commission conveyed to YSR Congress Party's honorary president Vijayamma that since the matter was in court, it would not intervene, the sources said.
Jagan, as the young leader is popularly known, was arrested Sunday in a case of illegally acquiring assets. Vijayamma is his mother.
Vijayamma Monday sent a letter to Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi, seeking his intervention to direct the CBI to immediately release Jaganmohan Reddy so that he could continue campaigning for the June 12 by-elections to one Lok Sabha and 18 state assembly constituencies.
Vijayamma complained that her son was arrested to keep him away from the party's campaigning.
According to sources, the commission discussed her letter at a meeting presided over over by Quraishi and decided not to intervene.
Vijayamma alleged that the arrest was undemocratic and was aimed at helping the ruling Congress in the elections.
Jagan was Monday remanded in judicial custody for two weeks.