Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy's petition for exemption from personal appearance in dismissed 'quid pro quo' cases

HYDERABAD: A special court here dismissed on Friday a petition filed by Andhra Pradesh Prime Minister YS, seeking the exemption of his personal appearance during the hearings in cases related to alleged quid pro quo investments in his companies.

The cases relate to investments made by several companies in Jagan firms for various favors allegedly granted during the term of his father, the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, as prime minister between 2004 and 2009.

Jagan requested exemption for the fact that, as prime minister, it is not always possible to appear in court due to several reasons.

However, the investigating agency strongly opposed the petition alleging that his non-appearance in court would give him unsolicited freedom to do what he wants and influence the witness behind the iron wall of political, monetary and muscular powers.

Jagan was released on bail from here in September 2013 after being in prison for 15 months after his arrest in May 2012 in related cases.

While granting him bail, the special CBI court ordered him not to induce or directly or indirectly influence the witnesses.

In addition, he was asked to be present in court during the case process.

The CBI has submitted 11 charge sheets, in addition to the supplementary charge sheet in the cases.