Hyderabad: There seems to be more trouble in store for YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was an accused in the alleged disproportionate assets case registered against him, with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) trial court in Hyderabad has extended his judicial custody till June 25.

The CBI has also filed a petition in the CBI court seeking a narco analysis test on Jagan.

The CBI court’s order comes as a major setback for Jagan, the son of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh late YSR Reddy, as he has to remain in jail till during Tuesday's crucial by-elections in Andhra Pradesh.

42-year-old Kadapa MP was present in the court when the court extended his judicial custody. His mother Vijayamma, who has campaigned on his behalf, was also present.

Jagan has also threatened to go on a hunger strike if not provided adequate security.

Jagan was arrested on May 27. The High Court had then given the CBI seven days to question him about money laundering and the hawala racket.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had on Friday given Jagan's custody to the CBI for two days till June 10 and directed the agency to question him during the day in presence of his lawyers.

The CBI had sought the custody of Jagan, saying it needed to confront him over the facts emerging out of the investigation into the Vodarevu and Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (Vanpic) project.

The central probe agency wanted Jagan's custody to verify the alleged investments of Rs 850 crore made in his businesses as part of quid-pro-quo transactions.


The CBI also sought to gather information on alleged transfer of funds from different companies and countries that finally reached the firms owned by Jagan.

It so far filed three chargesheets in the case and has accused Jagan of getting investments of several crore rupees from firms into his own businesses when his father late YS Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

According to the FIR filed by CBI in August last year, the Jagan-owned Jagati Publications Pvt Ltd that runs Sakshi daily was incorporated on June 14, 2006 and accumulated business losses of Rs 350 crore in four years.

There was some drama in the court as Jagan complained to the judge that Chanchalguda Central Jail authorities and the police insulted him by bringing him to the court in an ordinary police vehicle."I am the president of a party and an MP and this court has given me special category (prisoner) status," said Jagan in a memorandum submitted to the court.

He also told the judge that his wife was not being allowed to meet him. He said if he was continually treated in this manner, he would go on an indefinite fast in the jail.

"I have not committed any crime. I am only an accused and not a convict," he said.

Judge A. Pullaiah directed police to arrange a special vehicle for Jagan on security grounds.

Later, a bullet proof vehicle was arranged to take him back to jail.

The court also asked the police and jail authorities to explain  by June 14 as to why Jagan was brought to the court in an ordinary van.


The judge allowed Jagan's mother Y.S. Vijayamma and wife Bharati to meet him for half an hour in the court premises.

Jagan's sister Sharmila and uncle Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy also reached the court to meet him. The court handed over copies of the second and third charge sheets in the case to Jagan and other accused.

Barring Jagan, others were released on personal bond.Those who appeared in the court included Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Venkatrami Reddy, jailed IAS officer B.P. Acharya, who is also an accused in the Emaar case, Jagan's aide Vijay Sai Reddy, Aurobindo director Nityananda Reddy, Heteror director Srinivas Reddy, Sharatchandra Reddy and Ramky chairman Ayodhyarami Reddy.

Jagan is accused of conspiring with his father and then chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy to dole out favours to various companies in return for the investments they made in his firms.

The MP, one of the richest politicians, and 72 others were booked by the CBI last year on the direction of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

JPN

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