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Jagan seeks combined trial on all chargesheets

Jagan seeks combined trial on all chargesheets
YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, jailed in a corruption case, on Monday filed a petition in the CBI court here urging it to take up trial only after the CBI files a final chargesheet.

The Kadapa MP opposed separate trial for each chargesheet on the ground that it violates Supreme Court orders in various cases.

Jaganmohan Reddy's lawyer argued that the court can begin the combined trial after the investigating agency completes the process of filing the chargesheets.

The CBI, however, informed the court that it was probing various aspects of the case and defended separate trial on each chargesheet.

The special court dealing with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases adjourned the hearing on the petition till 24 April.

Jagan, as the YSR party leader is popularly called, filed the petition after the court took cognizance of a supplementary chargesheet filed by the CBI on 2 April against some pharma companies who invested in his firms.

The CBI has so far filed five chargesheets. In the latest chargesheet filed last week, it named home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy as an accused.

She is the third minister of Kiran Kumar Reddy to be named in the case, for allegedly showing favours to companies which made investments into Jagan's businesses.

Jagan has also filed a bail petition in the Supreme Court, and the same is likely to come up for hearing this case.

The MP, in his petition, argued that the latest chargesheet by the CBI violated the Supreme Court order.

He pointed out that the apex court in its order in October last year had directed the CBI to file a consolidated chargesheet.
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