AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao are displaying ‘unusual bonhomie’ after KCR became CM for second term in December 2018 and prior to AP Assembly polls in May 2019.
Their ‘bonding’ became even more stronger after Jagan became CM in May 2019.
They already met over a half a dozen times within three months of Jagan coming to power. They had lunch together at their residences in Hyderabad and Amaravathi.
Despite Jagan winning with historic majority in Assembly polls and becoming CM of AP, the CBI cases continue to haunt him due to which he continues to spend sleepless nights.
Jagan is not in a position to enjoy his term as CM due to CBI cases which are haunting him.
Jagan, who is currently on bail, is worried that he will be sent back to Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad, once his bail is cancelled.
Jagan is doing everything to get away from CBI cases at least till he completes his five year term as CM.
Jagan is required to attend CBI court in Nampally, Hyderabad every week to face trial in disproportionate assets cases, in which he is A-1 (Accused No. 1).
After becoming CM, Jagan is avoiding court under one pretext or the other.
Recently, Jagan filed a petition in CBI court seeking permanent exemption from personal court appearance on the ground that AP government will have to spend Rs 60 lakh everytime for his travel and security if he visits Hyderabad every week.
But the court is yet to give judgement on his petition.
In the meantime, Jagan is learnt to be seeking the help of his ‘close friend’ KCR, to get exemption.
KCR, who too is keen to help his friend Jagan, is planning to implead in the case.
The strategy is that Telangana police will file a petition in the CBI court expressing concern over providing security to Jagan every week if he attends court.
This is because the roads leading to Nampally CBI courts are very narrow and face severe traffic issues every day.
Besides, the Namapally courts complex with different courts in it witnesses huge rush of people and criminals involved in or related with serious cases of terrorism, murders, thefts, rapes etc.
The Telangana police want to tell court that it would be difficult for them to provide security to neighbouring state CM every week in a sensitive area like Nampally, which comes under Old City.
Jagan is hopeful that CBI court may grant him exemption from personal court appearance at least on ‘security concerns’ expressed by Telangana police, if not for his petition on wastage of public money.