The arrest of Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Rajashekhar Reddy, raises some uncomfortable questions. Jagan Mohan, who broke away from the Congress and floated his own party, has been arrested at a time when the by-elections for 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat are scheduled to be held. By the time Jagan who is remanded to judicial custody for 14 days gets bail the elections to the by-polls may get over. The CBI and the government can make several excuses regarding the timing of his arrest but why did the government take three long years to initiate a probe against him? Would Jagan be treated in a similar fashion by the government had he remained in the party? The CBI inquiry against Jagan seems an act of vengeance to Reddy supporters. However, this doesn’t mean that the common man should sympathise with him.  Jagan during the 2004 Lok Sabha elections had declared his assets worth 9 lakh rupees but by 2012 it shot up drastically to four hundred crore rupees. Quite surprising!

It is surprising that neither the Centre nor the state government nor the CBI raised any objection to this mammoth collection of wealth. It is true that Jagan is popular among the masses and has the capability to dent Congress’ image but this doesn’t imply that the people will forget the wealth Jagan has amassed. He has to do a lot of explaining to the people. The government cannot shy away from its responsibility by saying that the law is taking its own course. Till the time Jagan wasn’t a threat for the Congress the Centre did not take any action against him but the moment he split from the Congress and formed his own party, action was initiated against him. Probably this is the reason why politicians go scot free and sometimes face the wrath of the CBI. The CBI along with the Enforcement Directorate may be looking into the matter but it is hard to assume whether reality will ever come to the fore.