‘YSRC president not arrested in Vanpic irregularities case alone’

Refusing to grant bail to Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, Justice B. Seshasayana Reddy of the High Court, however, ruled on Monday that the YSR Congress president’s arrest did not pertain to the Vanpic irregularities alone but also other cases listed in the remand report.

The CBI had claimed in the court that Jagan’s arrest on May 27 in the disproportionate assets case pertained to the Vanpic case alone and there were other issues which needed further investigation.

However, Justice Reddy said that the remand report spoke about other issues mentioned by the CBI.

‘No’ to statutory bail

“The CBI's remand report dated May 28 filed before the Special CBI Court is a comprehensive one. All the aspects that form the basis for registering Reference Case 19 (A) have been stated therein. The CBI's petition for extension of police custody revealed that extension has been sought for in respect of investigation relating to various aspects mentioned in RC 19.

In my view the arrest of the petitioner on May 27 was not only in Vanpic but also in respect of other matters.”

Referring to the contents of the remand report, Justice Seshasayana Reddy said that the statutory bail sought by the petitioner could not be given as the remand pertained to Section 309 of the Cr PC. When he was not in custody under Section 167 the statutory bail cannot be asked as a right, the judge said.

Case listed for Dec. 26

The statutory bail (accused can seek bail if the investigating agency fails to file charge-sheet within 90 days of arrest) was rejected but the bail he sought on merits of the case is listed on Wednesday.

Jagan’s counsel contended that he was entitled to bail under Section 167 of the Criminal Procedure Code as the 90-day period of his judicial remand was over.

Section 167 says that the accused can seek bail once the 90-day period of judicial remand was over.