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Court reserves order on Jagan’s bail plea till 23 Sept

A special CBI court on Wednesday reserved its order till 23 September on the bail plea of the jailed YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in a case related to alleged quid-pro-quo investments in the companies owned by him.

The CBI opposed Jagan’s bail petition contending that if the Kadapa MP is enlarged on bail, it could influence/ affect the trial in the case.

The Kadapa MP had on 11 September moved the court seeking bail on the ground that the four-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for completion of investigation by the CBI into the case against him ended on 9 September.

In the bail plea, filed through his counsel, Jagan had further said that in view of the ongoing agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, there was a need for him to be with the people and lead the stir as a leader of a political party.

CBI counsel argued that ‘the observation of the Supreme Court pertains to completion of investigation and the petitioner (Jagan) is not automatically entitled for release on bail.’

The petitioner is a highly-influential person and if he is released on bail it will frustrate the process of trial, the CBI said in its counter affidavit. After hearing the arguments and counter arguments, the court reserved its order on the bail plea for 23 September.

The central agency yesterday filed two more charge sheets against the Kadapa MP and others. With this, ten charge sheets have been filed in the case till now.
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