Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday filed two bail applications, one of them seeking to invoke his statutory right for bail, in the principal court for CBI cases here.
The court directed the CBI to file its counter affidavit on November 21.
In the petition for bail as a matter of statutory right under provisions of the criminal procedure code, Mr. Reddy said he was entitled to the benefit because the CBI had failed to file its last charge sheet within the mandatory 90 day period since his arrest on May 27.
He recalled the observation of the High Court earlier that he could be released on bail if the CBI failed to complete investigation within the prescribed period in respect of offences where charge sheets were not filed.
Mr. Reddy took exception to the CBI misinterpreting another order of the Supreme Court that there was no time limit for filing the last charge sheet and said it amounted to trampling his fundamental right of liberty.
The order of the apex court did not extend or expand the mandatory 90 day period.
The CBI resorted to discrimination in arresting him and sparing Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao though it was alleged that the later was instrumental in commission of the offence.
In the regular bail application, Mr. Reddy mentioned that the CBI successfully completed investigation and filed three charge sheets against him.
His release would not prejudice further investigation as the case was documentary in nature and the entire material was seized by the CBI.