New Delhi: The CBI, opposing the bail plea of jailed YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, told the Supreme Court Friday that the charge sheets filed against him were related to three different cases which are still being investigated.
The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) statement was made to the bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai which was hearing the bail plea of Jaganmohan Reddy, or Jagan as the Lok Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa is popularly called. The hearing was deferred till later in the month.
The court also quizzed Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Mohan Jain on the exact amount that the CBI has alleged against Jagan in the graft case against him.
After Jain said that the amounts involved were different, the bench asked him to add up the amount and give the final figure to the court.
Earlier, senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam appearing for Jagan told the court that his client was arrested May 27 when he was fully cooperating with the federal investigating agency and for three consecutive days May 25-27, he was with the investigators answering their queries.
He told the court that the amount alleged against him was initially under Rs.100,000 crore, which later came down to Rs.50,000 crore, and now it is being cited as Rs.20,000 crore.
Subramaniam told the court that these were cooked up allegations which were not there earlier and were intended to suppress his client’s liberty.
“You push me (Jagan) in jail every time you (CBI) file supplementary charge sheet,” he argued.
Taking note that the CBI has filed a bulky 90-page reply opposing Jagan’s bail plea, the court adjourned the matter saying that it would take it up either on Sep 24 or Sep 28.
Jagan was arrested by the CBI May 27 on charges of corruption.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court last month rejected the bail plea of the YSR Congress Party leader, expressing fears that he may influence witnesses if allowed to leave jail.
The decision has been challenged in the apex court.