6.00pm: YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy has been taken to the Chanchalguda jail following the decision of the Nampally court to send him to 14-days in judicial custody.
4.19pm: After an entire days arguments in the Nampally Court, YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy has been sent to judicial custody till 11 June. The CBI is also likely to push for custodial interrogation. Earlier the CBI pushed for his detention as they said he was not cooperating with the CBI investigation and was not giving the correct answers.
Jagan is likely to be moved to prison later this evening.
The court has not made any observations in relation to the case, apart from sentencing Reddy to judicial custody. Given his arrest and detention, Jagan’s mother Vijayamma is likely to begin campaigning for the YSR Congress starting tomorrow. Earlier Reddy had said that his mother would lead the party into elections in the event of his arrest.
12.00pm: The CBI has sought the further detention of YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy on three counts. One that he is not cooperating with the CBI investigation, secondly that he is likely to influence witnesses if allowed to remain free, and thirdly because he is likely to falsify accounts and destroy key evidence.
“Jagan never cooperated in the investigation during the three-day questioning period in true sense,” the CBI counsel alleged.
“Jagan can no longer masquerade as a victim of CBI probe. He cannot assail CBI for being victimised. He has hoodwinked the people of a huge sum of money. We will now show the people about his swindling of money. He cannot seek public sympathy He has deprived poor people and caused them irreparable loss and in turn enriched himself by dubious mechanism by sending the funds abroad and getting the same invested in his companies,” the counsel alleged.
However lawyers for Jagan Reddy have hit back and are accusing the CBI of behaving in a high handed manner. They are asking why the CBI feels the need to arrest Jagan now, when the actual investigation into the Disproportionate Assets case against him has been on for the last nine months. They argue that all possible witnesses have already been questioned by the CBI, with three chargesheets also being filed into the case.
Jagan’s lawyers are also questioning the timing of his arrest just two weeks before by-elections are held in the state.
11.15am: The CBI has asked the Nampally court for custody of YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy for a period of 14 days. The CBI has filed a chargesheet against Reddy under several sections of the Indian Penal Code including 120B which relates to criminal conspiracy and cheating.
In its submission, the CBI told the court that Jagan had been running a Hawala racket.
11.02am: Proceedings have got underway after a half-an hour delay in the Nampally court where YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy is being produced by the CBI, following his arrest on charges of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The CBI is expected to justify Reddy’s arrest.
Proceedings were delayed due to the massive crowd inside the courtroom. The judge tried to vacate the premises, but people had refused to leave. There are at least ten members of Jagan’s family present, along with members of the media.
10.30am: Key members of Jaganmohan Reddy’s family including his wife Bharti and uncle Vivekananda Reddy have arrived at the Nampally court, where the CBI is due to produce YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
Jagan Reddy’s auditor Vijay Sai Reddy is also present in court.
The court premises are also filling up with throngs of Reddy’s supporters. Meanwhile reports are emerging that many leaders of the YSR Congress are being detained by police as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in sensitive coastal districts like Prakasam, Guntur, Khammam, Krishna and Jagan’s home district Kadapa.
10.15am: YSR Congress Chief Jaganmohan Reddy has been moved from the CBI guesthouse where he has been lodged since his arrest last night and is to be produced before a court today. Fearing reprisals by Reddy’s supporters the police has beefed up security in and around the Nampally court premises and has issued prohibitory orders preventing groups of people from meeting. The entire state has been put on high alert.
Reddy was accompanied from the Dilkusha guest house by his uncle Vivekananda Reddy
The hearing is due to start at around 10.30am.
Meanwhile other members of Jagan’s family have gone on a hunger strike to protest his arrest.
On Sunday night, police women had to forcibly lift Jagan’s mother Vijayamma, wife Bharathi, sister Sharmila, and other family members into waiting police vehicles after they sat in protest on the road in front of Dilkusha Guest House, the camp office of CBI, where Reddy was being held.
Jagan’s brother-in-law Anil Kumar, Congress MP Sabbam Hari, who is loyal to Jagan, YSR party leaders J. Prabhakar Rao, Y.V. Subba Reddy and others were also taken into custody.
Police said they were all arrested for violating prohibitory orders, which are in force in the city. The orders ban assembly of five or more people.
Undaunted by the disruption of their two-hour protest, Reddy’s family members are now sitting outside the premises of their house, surrounded by a throng of supporters. They also say that they will fast until he is released.
“He is being arrested to satisfy the ego of the political high command. There was no need to arrest him when he was going to the CBI guesthouse for questioning everyday,” sister Sharmila told reporters.
Police are reportedly unsure on as to how to deal with the situation and the pictures of the family sitting on hunger strike being beamed across the state are likely to trigger an outpouring of sympathy for Reddy and his party ahead of the 12 June by polls.
Reddy had declared earlier that his mother would lead the party in the polls in the event of his arrest.
10.00am: The YSR Congress party’s call for a daylong Andhra Pradesh shutdown Monday to protest the arrest of its leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy evoked partial response. Barring minor incidents of stone pelting on buses, the situation in the state since the arrest Sunday night was peaceful, police said. Jagan, as the Kadapa MP is known, was arrested on grounds of amassing illegal wealth.
Jagan’s native Kadapa district and some parts of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions were tense. A partial shutdown was being observed in these regions while there was hardly impact in Telangana region.