V. Vijay Sai Reddy, the auditor of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and the second accused in all the cases booked by Central Bureau of Investigation against the latter, surrendered in the CBI court here on Wednesday following the cancellation of his bail by the Supreme Court last month. He was remanded to judicial custody till June 17.
Seeks special class status
Reddy appealed to the judge to be permitted to carry drugs to the jail for treatment of his chronic thyroid and another ailment. He also wanted special class status in jail which was given to him in his earlier stay there.
He was arrested on January 2 last year but was bailed out by CBI court on April 13. The High Court cancelled his bail on April 21 at the request of CBI, upon which he surrendered in the CBI court two days later.
The same court again granted him bail on April 30 following two days of arguments on a petition moved by Vijay Sai Reddy. The High Court upheld the judgement of the trial court on May 7 after which the CBI approached the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the arguments in the court over joint trial sought by Jaganmohan Reddy in all his cases were completed today with the CBI insisting that it was not possible because they were different offences. The transactions were different and distinct and the conspiracies also not single.
The CBI counsel Balla Ravindranath said a common thread in the cases was only Jagan and Vijay Sai Reddy, the first two accused. He illustrated his point referring to a tool used by a robber to commit thefts at different locations.
They would be considered different offences although the player was common, he added.
A senior Supreme Court lawyer Sushil Kumar who resumed his arguments said prejudice would be caused to his client if trials were conducted separately because at least witnesses Mahidhar, an Income Tax officer, and Sudershanam, the valuer of the worth of Jagathi Publications owned by Jagan, were common to all the cases. The trial had to be conducted jointly if the witnesses were common, he argued.