YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan
Reddy, arrested in a disproportionate assets case, was today
remanded in judicial custody for two weeks till June 11 by a
CBI court here.
Principal Judge A Pullaiah dism
issed the agency’s plea for
14 days’ CBI remand of 39-year-old Jagan, MP from Kadapa, who
was taken into custody last evening.
The court allowed the petition of Jagan seeking special
prisoner status under Andhra Pradesh prison rules.
He was later taken to the Chanchalguda central prison in
the city amid tight security.
Seeking Jagan’s remand, senior CBI counsel Ashok Bhan
alleged that the YSR Congress chief had "sent (bribe amount)
abroad and got it reinvested in his business through hawala
"Jagan never cooperated in the investigation during the
three-day questioning period in true sense," the CBI counsel
"Jagan can no longer masquerade as a victim of CBI probe.
He cannot assail the CBI for being victimised. He has
hoodwinked the people of a huge sum of money. He cannot seek
public sympathy. He has deprived poor people and caused them
irreparable loss and in turn enriched himself by dubious
mechanism by sending the funds abroad and getting the same
invested in his companies," the counsel alleged.
The CBI has charged him under Sections 120-B (criminal
conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust)
and 477A (falsification of accounts) of the Indian Penal Code
and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The defence counsel contended that "the arrest (of Jagan)
itself is illegal when his anticipatory bail plea was
pending. It is abuse of law.
"It is an attempt to somehow stop him from campaigning
(for the forthcoming bypolls in Andhra Pradesh). If a person
complies with the notices and appears before the agency, they
should not arrest him," Jagan’s counsel contended.