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CBI to question Kalvakuntla Kavitha on Dec 11


TRS MLC and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha had finally zeroed in on attending the questioning of the CBI on December 11. The CBI had accepted her request to fix any date from December 11 to 15.

The CBI sleuths would meet her at her residence in Hyderabad on December 11 and pose the questions connected to the liquor scam and her involvement in the scam.

Kavitha was initially asked to be available for the CBI on December 6 either in Hyderabad or Delhi. However, Kavitha wrote back to the CBI stating that she is preoccupied with other engagements and requested the CBI to give her another date.

Accordingly, the CBI had summoned Kavitha in connection with the Delhi liquor scam. The CBI said that during the course of investigation, her name had come up with a link to the scam. The CBI wanted the MLC to attend the questioning to clear the doubts.

However, Kavitha had refuted the CBI charges linking her name to the liquor scam. She alleged that the ruling BJP was trying to implicate her in the liquor scam due to political vendetta. She claimed that the BJP started targeting the leaders of the political parties as the TRS had been exposing the BJP’s failures.

While the TRS MLC alleged that the BJP leadership is victimising the opposition leaders for political advantage, the BJP leaders have turned down her allegation. The BJP leaders are accusing her of involvement in corruption, particularly the liquor scam in Delhi.

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‘Can’t meet on Dec 6’, Kavitha writes to CBI


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday that she was not in a position to meet them on December 6 because of her preoccupied schedule.

She conveyed to the central agency that she will be able to meet them either on December 11, 12 or December 14, 15 at her residence in Hyderabad.

The Member of Legislative Council (MLC) of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) wrote that she had gone through the complaint and the FIR registered in Delhi liquor policy scam case and that her name does not figure in any manner whatsoever.

A day after receiving the notice from CBI on December 2 seeking clarifications in the case, Kavitha wrote to the agency seeking copies of the complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the FIR. In a reply the CBI informed her that a copy of FIR and complaint was available on the website. “I have carefully gone through the content of the FIR, list of accused persons as well as the contents of the complaint dated 22-07-2022, I wish to place on record that my name does not figure in any manner whatsoever,” reads her letter.

“As proposed by you I am not in a position to meet on 6th December 2022, because of my preoccupied schedule, I will be able to meet you either on 11th, 12th or 14th, 15th of this month whichever is convenient to you at my residence in Hyderabad. Same may please be confirmed at the earliest,” he said.

Kavitha assured her cooperation in the investigation. “I am a law abiding citizen and will cooperate with the investigation, I will meet you on any of the above said dates to cooperate with the investigation. It is made clear that this is without prejudice to my legal rights available under law,” she added.

The TRS leader had confirmed on December 2 that she was issued a notice by the CBI under Section 160 of Cr.P.C, seeking her clarification. “I have informed the authorities that I can meet them at my residence in Hyderabad on Dec 6th as per their request,” Kavita had said in a statement.

The CBI, in its notice, had mentioned that the case was registered on the basis of written complaint received from Praveen Kumar Rai, Director, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India against Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia and 14 others regarding the allegations pertaining to the excise policy of Delhi for 2021-22.

“During the course of investigation of the subject cited case, certain facts have emerged which you may be acquainted with, hence your examination on such facts is required in the interest of investigation,” reads the CBI notice.

On November 30, Kavitha’s name had surfaced in the remand report filed by the ED in a Delhi court on Wednesday for remand of businessman Amit Arora in Delhi liquor policy scam.

According to the remand report, businessman Vijay Nair, who has already been arrested in the case, received kickbacks of Rs 100 crore on behalf of AAP leaders from a group, called ‘South Group’.

According to the report, the group is controlled by Sarath Reddy, Kavitha and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy.

Sarath Reddy, one of the directors of pharma major Aurobindo Pharma, has already been arrested.

Srinivasulu Reddy is an MP belonging to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

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CBI arrests one, seize cash, gold and remanded


The CBI sleuths have arrested one person in Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. He was taken to Delhi where he was produced before the magistrate of the CBI court on Monday.

The court remanded him to police custody for two days.

The CBI said that it had registered a case against a person, resident of Chinnawaltair, Vishakhapatnam. He was accused of impersonating as Senior IPS Officer of the CBI.

It was alleged that he was also accepting undue pecuniary advantage from various persons in lieu of their work done.

On received the complaint and registering a case, the CBI conducted searches at the premises of accused.

During the searches, the CBI sleuths have recovered cash of Rs 21 lakh. They also recovered gold and stone jewellery.

Both the cash and jewellery was allegedly obtained as undue pecuniary advantage. They have also recovered other incriminating documents.

The accused was staying at Tamil Nadu House in Visakhapatnam allegedly impersonating himself as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP)/IPS, the CBI said.

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At last Nellore Court theft case goes to CBI


Finally, the AP high court on Thursday handed over the theft case from Nellore court to the CBI. The high court bench headed by chief justice P K Mishra had announced handing over of the case to the CBI.

The case is related to an alleged theft in the Nellore local court on April 14 this year. Some miscreants gained entry into the court room and decamped with some important documents including a case against Minister for Agriculture Kakani Govardhan Reddy.

The police said that it was the work of some habitual criminals from the area who entered the court due to a mistaken identity. Later, the police also said that the criminals entered the court to escape from the street dogs.

What was interesting was that the documents related to a case against Kakani Govardhan Reddy were stolen by the miscreants. However, some of them were recovered by the police in an irrigation canal the next day.

The case was filed in December 2017 by TDP leader and former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy against Govardhan Reddy. The TDP leader filed a defamation suit against Govardhan Reddy alleging that the latter had forged some documents to substantiate his charges against the TDP leader.

The case is now heard in the fourth additional judicial magistrate court in Nellore and the theft also happened here after Govardhan Reddy became the minister.

The high court took up the case and directed the district principal judge to submit a report. Based on the report of the judge, the high court had earlier issued notices to Minister Govardhan Reddy, the CBI director and the state government seeking their views if the case is handed over to the CBI.

The state government and the Minister too have given their consent to the high court following which the high court transferred the case to the CBI.

Meanwhile, Govardhan Reddy welcomed the high court decision and said that he would be free from the allegations of sponsoring the theft.

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CBI nervous of taking up probe into cases in AP, says TDP


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is not fair in taking up investigation of the cases in Andhra Pradesh, said the TDP politburo member, Varla Ramaiah, on Wednesday.

Ramaiah told media persons that earlier the police were a bit scared of the CBI officers and now, after the YSRCP came to power, it is the other way round. The law and order machinery in the State is totally non-cooperative to the CBI but still the Central investigative agency is unable to initiate any action against the local police, he added.

In fact, a sort of fear psychosis is haunting the CBI officials in the State and the Central agency officers are frightened of the local police, he said adding that this kind of situation is prevalent in the State after Jagan Mohan Reddy has become the Chief Minister. There is no clarity in the CBI probe into the alleged murder of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s paternal uncle, Vivekananda Reddy, the TDP leader said.

Though the CBI officials are well aware of those persons involved in the murder of Vivekananda Reddy, but are unable to take them into custody due to the reasons known to everyone, Ramaiah felt. Whenever the CBI gets ready to take into custody those behind the murder of Vivekananda Reddy, each time the Chief Minister rushes to New Delhi and then the CBI does not move forward for some unknown reasons, he observed.

“I think for the first time in the history of the State, cases are being registered against the CBI. If this is the system one can easily imagine what will be the future of the State,” he maintained.

There were several instances wherein great personalities, even the chief ministers were jailed and none other the former prime minister, late Indira Gandhi was imprisoned for 14 times. Now, the situation is totally different and the Chief Minister is dictating terms to the CBI. If Jagan orders not to take into custody a particular person, the CBI ceremoniously is following his orders, the TDP politburo member noted.

Is the Chief Minister above law, he asked and pointed out that the CBI till now has not interrogated the accused number one Jagan and the accused number two, Vijayasai Reddy, he added. Why the CBI has not questioned Vijayasai Reddy YSRCP MP, Avinash Reddy, are not interrogated yet in the Vivekananda murder case, he asked.

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CBI files charge sheet in the murder of Vivekananda Reddy


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said it has filed a charge sheet against four accused in alleged murder of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s uncle and former minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy.

The agency filed the chargesheet in the court of Judicial Magistrate, Pulivendula in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district.

The four accused against whom the chargesheet has been filed are T. Gangi Reddy, Yadati Sunil Yadav, Gajjala Umashankar Reddy, and Shaik Dasthagiri.

The CBI had registered a case on July 9, 2020 on the orders of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and took over the investigation into the case earlier registered at Pulivendula Police Station.

During the investigation, it arrested the two accused during August and September, 2021 and they are presently in judicial custody. The other two are on bail. Further investigation in the case is continuing, the agency said.

Vivekananda Reddy, brother of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Reddy, was found dead at his home in Pulivendula on March 15, 2019.

The 68-year-old former minister and former MP was alone at his house when unidentified persons barged in and allegedly killed him. He was killed hours before he was to launch the YSR Congress Party’s election campaign in Kadapa.

Though three Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of the state police conducted the probe, they failed to solve the mystery.

It was in July last year that the CBI began a probe into the case. This came four months after the Andhra Pradesh High Court ordered a probe by the central agency.

The court gave the direction on petitions filed by Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Suneetha Reddy, her husband and others.

In April this year, Suneetha Reddy found fault with the delay in the probe by the CBI. Claiming that it was a political murder, she visited the CBI headquarters in Delhi to enquire about the delay in the probe by the central agency.

She reiterated that she has doubts about some of her family members. She said though it has been more than two years since the murder of her father, those involved have not been arrested.

The CBI resumed the probe in June and since then arrested four accused.

Since the first accused in the case was arrested about 90 days ago, the agency filed the interim charge sheet to comply with the deadline.

The central agency, which is likely to file more charge sheets, has questioned more than 2,000 witnesses so far.

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CBI arrests 2 customs officials in Hyd over bribery charges


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two customs officials here in a bribery case.

A case has been registered against S. Suresh Kumar, Superintendent of Customs (Prevention); and Krishan Pal, Inspector (Prevention), and a Havildar, Customs Commissionerate, Hyderabad, CBI officials stated on Tuesday.

The development follows a complaint alleging that the accused had demanded bribe of Rs 20,000 from the complainant for not cancelling his bail order and for not arresting him. The bribe was later reduced to Rs 10,000.

It was also alleged that the complainant was earlier arrested in a customs case of gold smuggling and later got bail with a condition that he would appear before Customs office on every second and fourth Monday, to sign in a register.

The CBI laid a trap and caught the accused while demanding & accepting the bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant. Searches were conducted at four places including at Hyderabad in the office and residential premises of the accused, which led to recovery of certain documents.

The arrested accused were produced on Tuesday before the Principal Special Judge for CBI Cases, Hyderabad and remanded to Judicial Custody.

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CBI arrests 6 more for derogatory posts against judges in Andhra


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday announced that it has arrested six more accused in a case related to making derogatory posts on social media against judges and the judiciary.

The arrested are Sridhar Reddy Avuthu, Jalagam Venkata Satyanarayana, Guda Sridhar Reddy, Sreenath Suswaram, Kishore Kumar Darisa alias Kishore Reddy Darisa, and Sudduluri Ajay Amruth.

The accused will be produced before the competent court, the central agency said.

The arrests were made in a case in which the probe was launched by the CBI in November last year on the orders of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

With this the number of arrested has gone up to 11 in the case which was filed on November 11, 2020 against 16 accused.

On the orders of the High Court, the CBI had taken over the investigation of 12 FIRs from the Andhra Pradesh CID. The case was registered under sections 153 (A), 504, 505 (2) and 506 of IPC and Section 67 of IT Act, 2000.

The original FIRs were registered on the complaints from the Registrar General of the High Court. It was alleged that the key personnel occupying posts of prominence in the state of Andhra Pradesh by intentionally targeting the judiciary, made derogatory posts on social media platforms against judges and judiciary following some court verdicts delivered by the judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Action was also initiated by the CBI to get objectionable posts removed from the social media platforms and public domain.

The CBI had earlier arrested five accused and also filed five separate charge sheets against them. Investigation is continuing including through the channels of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and Interpol to collect evidence from abroad, the agency said.

After registration of the case, the CBI had traced 13 of the 16 accused named in the FIR. Three out of them were found to be abroad.

In August, the agency had said that it examined 11 out of the 13 accused and arrested five of them.

The first arrest in the case was made by the CBI on July 9. Lingareddy Rajasekhar Reddy, who was earlier working abroad, was secured and examined.

On July 28, the CBI arrested two accused while two more accused were arrested on August 8.

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YS Viveka murder case: CBI gets major breakthrough

The CBI is learnt to have achieved a major breakthrough in the sensational murder case of former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy.

The CBI has begun searches at a canal near Pulivendula today (Saturday) to trace out weapons used in the brutal killing of Viveka just before Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls in March 2019.

The CBI undertook these searches based on the information provided by Sunil Kumar Yadav who was recently arrested in Goa and send to 14 day judicial remand.

The CBI is questioning him at Kadapa central jail for the past two days.

Yadav reportedly told CBI sleuths that they had buried weapons in a canal near Sri Anjaneya temple in Pulivendula.

They CBI is conducting non stop inquiry into this case for the past 60 days as per the orders of courts after Viveka’s daughter approached Supreme Court and High Court alleging that YS Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh is deliberately delaying CID inquiry into this case.

The case now appears to have reached a final stage and Viveka’s killers expected to be caught anytime soon.

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Jagan bail case:CBI plays safe game, Court adjourns case!


The CBI Court in Nampally, Hyderabad, on Tuesday adjourned the case pertaining to a petition seeking cancellation of bail granted to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in illegal assets cases, to June 14.

The petition was filed by YSRCP rebels MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju.

As per the directions of the court last week, both Jagan and CBI have filed their counters,

The CBI in its counter played a ‘safe game’ by neither supporting nor opposing bail to Jagan.

The CBI in its counter left the decision to the court to take a decision whether to cancel the bail to Jagan or not.

The CBI sought court to make a decision based on the merits of the petition.

As expected, Jagan in his counter argued that he had never violated bail conditions and RRR filed the petition for his selfish political interests.

RRR lawyer on the other hand sought time to file their counter on the counters submitted by Jagan and CBI.

With this, the CBI court has adjourned the case to June 14.

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Can CBI say no to AP CM bail cancellation?


For over two times, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not filed its counter in the CBI Court on the Jaganmohan Reddy bail petition. As a result, the judge gave one final chance to the CBI to file the counter by June 1. If the CBI can’t file the counter by that time, the court has said that it would take up the case on its own without further waiting for the CBI’s response.

Now, there are only three days left for the CBI. Amid this, there is rising curiosity in the political and legal circles whether the CBI would continue to avoid filing its counter. The tricky issue here is the CBI has no freedom to file its counter as it pleases. This is a politically sensitive case and the top people in the Central Government would have to give their green signal. So, everybody is speculating how the BJP national leadership would react to this critical moment.

It is indeed a difficult decision coming at a critical time. The petitioner, Raghurama Raju, was ‘beaten up’ while in custody. He was an MP having top connections in Delhi. Raju complained in his petition that Mr. Jagan Reddy was misusing his authority as CM to influence and threaten the other accused and witnesses in the CBI cases. Raju’s ‘custodial torture’ took place after this bail cancellation case came up for hearing.

Doubtless to say, the BJP national leaders would find it very hard to take a final decision. If the CBI says no to the bail cancellation petition, it would automatically send the signal that the CM had stronger relations with the BJP top leaders than eer before.

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CBI books Guntur Ex MLA for Rs. 72 Cr fraud


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against Guntur former MLA Tadisetti Venkata Rao and others for defaulting a massive loan to the State Bank of India. They have taken a loan of Rs. 72 Cr in the name of tobacco business but has not repaid the same for more than a decade. The SBI Kacheguda officials have filed the complaint saying that the accused have diverted the funds into their personal bank accounts.

Over 8 persons were booked in this case. The main accused is Tadisetti Murali Mohan, who is former deputy mayor of Guntur town. The bank funds were taken for their company Ethnic Agros Ltd. Many years have passed but the company has not made any payments so far.

The CBI charged the accused persons for criminal conspiracy, cheating, breach of trust and criminal misconduct. Mr. Venkat Rao and Mr. Murali Mohan were once with the Congress party but later changed their political loyalties.
The latest CBI case brought to the surface yet another bank fraud involving the people’s representatives. Mr. Murali Mohan has been sailing with the ruling YCP in recent times.

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CBI notice to AP High Court lawyer on social media comments

Noted High Court lawyer Gopala Krishna Kalanidhi has received notices from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to attend before it on January 9. The notices were served to him in connection with the controversy surrounding the social media comments made against the High Court and the Supreme Court judges.

The CBI has asked the lawyer to attend before its officials at Visakhapatnam office. The AP High Court has asked the CBI to probe the comments made by some social media activists against the judges. There has been some delay in the investigation with some of the accused in this case currently living abroad.

However, the CBI has stepped its investigation against those staying in the country. Lawyer Gopala Krishna is going to present before the CBI and explain his version.

Reports say that some elected representatives and leaders have also received the CBI notices in this respect. The names have been kept a closely guarded secret.

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CBI books IVRCL Sudhir Reddy, others in Rs 4800 Cr bank fraud


The CBI conducted searches and booked cases against IVRCL, the Hyderabad-based infrastructure company, on the charges of default in payment of huge loans. The cases were booked against IVRCL Managing Director E Sudhir Reddy, Joint MD R Balarami Reddy and public servants for alleged bank fraud of over Rs 4,800 crore. The complaint was given by the State Bank of India.

An FIR was against them and some officials for defrauding eight public sector banks of Rs 4,837 crore. The IVRCL has been working for over two and half decades in projects spanning water, irrigation, transportation, buildings and industrial structures, power distribution and transmission, operations and maintenance and mining.

The CBI conducted searches at the residences and the offices of the accused persons in Hyderabad and other places. Several incriminating documents have been seized.

The SBI has alleged that the accused in connivance with unknown public servants and others defrauded the consortium of public sector banks. These are State Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Canara Bank, Andhra Bank, Corporation Bank, EXIM Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Union Bank of India and caused a loss of Rs 4,837 crore to the banks.

The CBI FIR quoted the documents and said that the IVRCL used the Letter of Credits to pay other parties without any records of purchase related transactions. The funds were routed to the company and eventually misappropriated the banks.

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CBI hunt on for YCP social media activists living abroad


From the beginning, the NRI sympathisers of CM Jaganmohan Reddy have been very active on social media. Some of them have gone to extreme limits in making serious comments against Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Lokesh. They also passed highly objectionable comments against the High Court judges and also a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India. At the orders of the HC, the CBI had launched its investigation and found prima facie evidence that the YCP NRI sympathisers had also made serious comments.
Now, the CBI told the High Court bench that it found over seven NRIs who made indecent remarks against the courts. Already, notices had been issued to the social media companies concerned. Four of these NRIs have already been identified. Three more persons would be identified soon.
As the offence involved the NRIs as well, the CBI sought at least four months time. The court asked the CBI to submit its next report before March 30 and the next hearing would be held on March 31.
It may be recalled that YCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy has announced that all steps would be taken to ensure protection of their party social media activists wherever they are. It is going to be a big test to the YCP bosses once the CBI nabs their NRI social media sympathisers and brings them to book.

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CBI cracks the whip on illegal limestone mining: 25 places raided


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is cracking down on the illegal limestone mining in Andhra Pradesh.

Sleuths of the CBI on Thursday raided the residences of several people involved in illegal quarrying of limestone in parts of Andhra Pradesh. According to reports, the CBI has raided 25 places, mainly Guntur and Hyderabad.

The searches were conducted at the premises of various private persons, including former TDP MLA of Gurazala constituency Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao.

The CBI raids have put the spotlight back on Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao against whom serious charges of illegal limestone mining were slapped.

The case was first probed by the CID which had submitted its report to the High Court. However, the Andhra Pradesh High Court later handed over the case to the CBI, acting on a public interest petition. Subsequently, the state government has entrusted more than 20 illegal limestone mining cases registered against the accused in Piduguralla and Dachepalli mandals of Guntur district to the CBI.

The CBI reportedly seized incriminating documents, mobile phones, and cash. CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said several lakh tonnes of limestone was conducted by the accused from 2014 to 2018.

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AP High Court blow to Minister in gambling case


The Gummanur gambling den and the gangsters’ reverse attacks on the police have shaken the entire State of Andhra Pradesh in the past. The case refuses to spare Minister Gummanur Jayaram, who incidentally happens to hail from the same village in Kurnool district. The Minister has denied having any role in the gambling activities but the Opposition as well as some sections are continuing to make complaints.

Now, an individual has filed a plea before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh seeking a CBI probe into the Gummanur gambling and the gangsters’ attack on the police who went there to raid the den. The petitioner argued that though the gangsters attacked the police, there was no action taken against the guilty persons till now. His lawyer contended that the Minister was involved in this illegal activity which was why the police were not taking any action.

On his part, Jayaram was asking why the police would raid the spot if he was really involved in this. After hearing the petitioner, the High Court admitted the case for further hearing. The petitioner has included the Minister himself as the respondent in the case.

Already, there has been a fiery confrontation going on between the High Court and the Jaganmohan Reddy Government on many issues. This is the first time that a case was taken up against an individual Minister. The petitioner was arguing that only if the Central Bureau of Investigation takes up the Gummanur incident, the real culprits would be caught.

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Noose tightens around Jagan, CBI court to take up DA case hearing


The disproportionate assets case of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be taken up by the Special CBI Court in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

The CBI had filed 11 charge sheet against Jagan Mohan Reddy and the other accused in the disproportionate assets and quid pro quo cases.

Besides Jagan, YSRC MP V Vijayasai Reddy, MLA Dharmana Prasada Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, who is now the Education Minister of Telangana, and several senior IAS officers and industrialists are involved in the disproportionate assets case.

The Andhra CM, who has been facing the CBI case since 2011, was in jail for 16 months between May 2012 to September 2013.

Jagan had avoided attending the court personally by filing a petition under Section 317 of the Criminal Procedure Code seeking exemption from personal appearances, stating that he was not able to attend the court due to compelling reasons.

Meanwhile, the CBI has postponed a hearing on the illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy. In 2011, the CBI had filed a charge sheet in a special court in the illegal mining case involving Gali Janardhan Reddy and Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Cases against Jagan Mohan Reddy are being pursued with renewed vigor after the Supreme Court observed that 4,500 criminal cases were pending against sitting and former legislators across the country. A bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who has sought a lifetime ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases, from contesting elections. After hearing the petition, SC advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the Supreme Court had sought details of all pending criminal cases against sitting and former MPs and MLAs from 24 High Courts in the country.

Following this, Jagan Mohan Reddy in an open letter addressed to Chief Justice S A Bobde on October 6 had alleged that the Supreme Court’s second most-senior judge N V Ramana had been influencing the sittings of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, including the roster of a few judges. Reddy cited instances of how cases important to the Opposition Telugu Desam Party were “allocated to a few judge. Further, three days after sending the letter to the Chief Justice of India, the Chief Minister called a press meet and made the letter public. Various bodies of lawyers, including the Bar Council of India, the Supreme Court Bar Association, the Supreme Court Advocates’ on Record Association, the Delhi Bar Association, and many other Bar Associations condemned Jagan’s letter.

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CBI books cases against 17 persons for social media posts against judges


The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday has begun its investigation into the abusive and objectionable postings in social media against the judges.

The CBI booked cases against 17 persons involved in posting objectionable comments against judges on social media. The CBI booked cases against Konda Reddy, Annapu Reddy, Adarsh Reddy, Abhishek Reddy, Sridhar Reddy, J Venkateswara Rao, Chandu Reddy, Rajasekhar Reddy, Gautami, among others.

The CBI swung into action after the High Court handed over the case to the premier investigating agency while expressing its displeasure over the tardy handling of the case by the CID.

The High Court, taking cognizance of the matter following a series of derogatory social media posts against judges and the Judiciary, noted that the postings were made to bring contempt, incite disaffection, and ill-will against the High Court and Judges.

The court directed the CBI to take steps to remove the alleged derogatory social media posts and block the users as per the law, directing the CBI to submit a report of the probe in a sealed cover within eight weeks. The High Court also directed the state government, through its Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, to ensure full cooperation and assistance to the CBI.

As a matter of fact, Rajya Sabha MP went to claim that he is in charge of YSRCP social media wing and stated that he will stand by the party’s social media activists.

Several ruling YSRCP MLAs and MPs had made making ‘scathing remarks’ against the judiciary. YSRCP MP Nandigam Suresh, former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan, Speaker Tammineni Sitharam, standing counsel for the AP Assembly Metta Chandrasekhar Rao, and others in the case and found fault with the CID that no proper action, as mandated under the Code of Criminal Procedure, has been taken against the accused till date.

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‘Jagan cannot appear before CBI Special Court’

The Special CBI Court on Friday postponed the hearing on the alleged disproportionate assets case involving Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. The case came up for hearing on Friday. Jagan’s lawyer filed a petition in the Special CBI Court expressing the Chief Minister’s inability to appear before the court. Jagan instead sought the hearing via video-conferencing.

On January 17 this year, the CBI special court rejected Jagan’s petition seeking postponement of money laundering cases filed against him by the Enforcement Directorate. The court, however, gave an exemption to Jagan, from personal appearance in connection with the disproportionate assets case and quid pro quo cases filed against him by the CBI.

Jagan had filed three petitions in the court: one seeking postponement of the hearing on ED cases till the trial into the CBI charge sheets is completed (Under Section 309 of Criminal Procedure Code), another for clubbing of five CBI charge sheets (CrPC 223) and the third on seeking permission for representation of his co-accused for trial in the ED case in his absence.

The ED authorities argued that the money laundering cases were inter-linked with the CBI cases and hence, both be heard simultaneously. The CBI court agreed with the contention of the ED authorities and dismissed Jagan’s petition.

Apart from Jagan, several others including YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy, MLA Dharmana Prasada Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, who is now Telangana Education Minister, several senior IAS officers and industrialists are involved in the disproportionate assets case.

Meanwhile, a Special Enforcement Directorate court heard the case on Friday. The counsel for Jagati Publications, Ashok Reddy, appeared before the court to present the arguments. Ashok Reddy informed the ED court that his client has appealed in the High Court for shifting the case to the Special CBI Court. The next hearing has been posted to September 20.

The Supreme Court had recently asked all the High Courts in the country to provide the requisite details of pending cases involving sitting or former legislators, to hear the matter on a day to day basis and dispose of the same expeditiously, preferably within two months.

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