Joint Director V. V. Lakshmi Narayana denies allegations about ‘targeting' any persons

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has denied that it was resorting to use of third degree methods to examine V. Vijay Sai Reddy, auditor of Jagati Publications, who is not in its custody, or any other persons accused in the case of quid pro quo against Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

CBI Joint Director V. V. Lakshmi Narayana said the allegation reportedly made by Mr. Vijay Sai Reddy that he was subjected to third degree methods, was not true. He was speaking to reporters after briefing Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi in the Secretariat on Tuesday about the status of the CBI's investigation into the cases. He also asserted that the investigating agency never targeted any person or persons during its investigation of the case as alleged.

He did not respond to a question whether the CBI had any plans to arrest Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy.

Hampering probe

Asked if the name of any Minister figured during the investigations and whether more IAS officers would be held, he said: “You will get answer to this only when the investigation progresses.”

He said the media was publishing various speculative reports about the investigation into issues like proposed construction of villas by Emaar at Nanakramguda here, quoting unnamed sources. He said the CBI would address Press Council of India to check this trend as it might hamper the investigation process. He said the CBI would simply undertake investigation and submit its report to the High Court and it was up to the State government to act on the issue of the villas.