The YSR Congress Party has accused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of carrying out the investigation into party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's assets in according to the Congress high command's instructions rather than Andhra Pradesh High Court's directions.
The pattern of investigation was giving a clear impression that the motive behind it was to harass and target Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy and the investors in his companies, spokesperson of the YSR Party Ambati Rambabu observed in a press conference here on Tuesday. The CBI was conspiring to fix Mr. Reddy and the investors in his companies in the case, he alleged.
If the investigation was taken up following the directions of the High Court and if it was objective, the FIR should also have named several Ministers, Secretaries and other officials and the searches should have been conducted in the Secretariat too. However, the FIR stated them only as “unknown public servants of Government of Andhra Pradesh” and “unknown others,” he pointed out. Those in the government were not being questioned and the CBI was attempting to dub only the investors in Mr. Reddy's companies as culprits. The name of Lagadapati Sridhar, brother of Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, was not included in the FIR because of his brother's proximity with the party high command, Mr. Rambabu alleged. The premier probe agency owed an explanation to people and the court on its omissions and commissions in the investigation, the YSR Party leader said. He feared that the Congress high command could influence the Assembly Speaker while taking a decision on the resignations. Another spokesperson of the YSR Party Gattu Ramachandra Rao said that the Ministers, who had stated that YSR had nothing do with the investments in his son's companies, to file an affidavit in the High Court stating the same.