The arrest of YSR Congress leader and Kadapa MP S. Jaganmohan Reddy by the CBI is a logical culmination of the long probe into the disproportionate assets case. It may be true that a situation has arisen in which the leader and his party have been jeopardised ahead of the crucial by-elections scheduled for June 12. But it is also important for the law to take its course. Does a person accused of amassing wealth illegally deserve to be shown consideration in the name of elections, democracy and fair play? The exposure in Jagan's case is a sad commentary on the politician-corporate-bureaucracy nexus.
The CBI collected all material evidence methodically and meticulously before arresting Jagan. The disproportionate assets case involves hundreds of crores of rupees besides misuse of power by his father, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. A Minister has also been arrested and many more Ministers and bureaucrats are likely to be taken into custody.
M. Somasekhar Prasad,
The timing of Jagan's arrest, on the eve of by-elections, is suspect. This is not the first time that the CBI has been made use of by the Congress to target its political opponents. The arrest will only result in people voting against the Congress.
Jaganmohan's arrest transported me to February 2, 1977. On that day, H.N. Bahuguna, Jagjivan Ram and Nandini Satpathy left the Congress and formed the Congress for Democracy.
Within 24 hours, an inquiry commission was set up to go into some alleged misdeeds committed by the trio when they were in the Congress. That was the time the general elections had been announced since the declaration of Emergency on June 25, 1975.