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Video link fails, Jagan gets break from prison

Hyderabad, Dec. 5: Jaganmohan Reddy today stepped out jail after 71 days, not on bail but to go to court after a video link with the prison for hearings malfunctioned.

The Kadapa MP, charged in an assets case, hadn’t been attending hearings at the CBI court in person since the video link was installed at the Chanchalaguda jail here over two months ago.

For some time after his arrest in late May this year, though, he used to attend court and had voted in the Assembly in the July presidential polls.

Today’s time out of jail came days after his bail plea was rejected and offered him a chance to meet wife Bharati, their two daughters and an official of his Sakshi group for over an hour in court with the judge’s permission. The court extended his judicial remand till December 19.

Jagan stepped out of the prison wearing a blue shirt and a smile, and greeted supporters of his YSR Congress at the gate. Kavita, the daughter of late Congress leader P. Janardhana Reddy, was among those who had come to meet him.

The supporters, numbering over 100, tried to obstruct the police convoy escorting Jagan to court and back to jail, forcing the cops to detain some of them.

Elsewhere, the day brought mixed tidings for Jagan and his family. In a Telangana pocket, his sister Sharmila’s padayatra came under attack from college students who threw stones, chanted slogans and demanded that the YSR Congress clarify its stand on the statehood demand.

But in another part of the region, a Telugu Desam legislator, Amarnath Reddy, joined Jagan’s party after alleged differences with Chandrababu Naidu over Telangana.