The court admitted the same for hearing and directed the CBI to file its reply on  Thursday. The four-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for the CBI to complete the investigations in the case ended on September 8.

The Apex Court, while rejecting Jagan's bail plea in May, had said that the petitioner can move the trial court for the bail after the completion of investigations.

Jagan was arrested by the CBI in May last year on charges of attracting quid pro quo investments in his companies. He has been charged with entering into criminal conspiracy to grant favours to firms which invested in his business when his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, from 2004 to 2009.

YS Rajasekhara Reddy died in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009. The CBI has so far filed eight chargesheets in different aspects of the case.

The federal agency is likely to file three more chargesheets in the next few days. This is for the seventh time that Jagan has filed a bail petition in the trial court. The Andhra Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court have dismissed his bail pleas twice each in the past.

Jagan, along with his financial adviser Vijay Sai Reddy, former state minister Mopidevi Venkatramna and businessman Nimmagadda Prasad are lodged in Chanchalguda Jail for more than a year.

(Agencies)

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