Alleges that CBI has become a ‘caged bird’

Alleging witch-hunting against YSR Congress president and Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, legislators belonging to the party petitioned Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Thursday and urged him to ensure justice.

A delegation of YSRC MLAs met Mr. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum to him in which they alleged that the CBI had become a “caged bird” of not just the UPA government at the Centre but also of their “secret ally in our State viz the TDP”. It claimed that it is a well-known fact that the case against Mr. Jagan was the result of the joint effort of the Congress and TDP.

It said that according to the CBI’s own admission, it had so far completed investigation in respect of 70 per cent of the value of transaction of Rs.1,030 crore. If 70 per cent is Rs.1,030 crore, how is it that 100 per cent works out to Rs.43,000 crore, the memorandum asked.

It said that the CBI seemed to rely on the reckless propaganda of TDP rather than on the outcome of its own investigation.

Accusing the CBI of making a mockery of criminal law by filing several charge-sheets, it said even more shocking was the complete overlooking of provisions under Section 176 Cr.PC whereby an accused in an FIR detained by the police for investigation has to be invariably released on bail if it is not completed within 90 days of arrest.