DA case: Jagan's custody extended, Sabitha appears in court

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 7.06.13

Hyderabad, Jun 7 (PTI) : Former Andhra Pradesh Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy, YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others appeared before a special CBI court here on Friday in connection with the case relating to alleged quid-pro-quo investments in Kadapa MP Jagan's companies.

The court extended the judicial custody of Jagan and his financial advisor V Vijay Sai Reddy till June 21 and posted the case to the same date while directing all the accused to again appear before it.        

After the fifth charge sheet was filed by the CBI on April 8 about the role of Dalmia Cements and other firms in the case of alleged quid-pro-quo deals against Jaganmohan and others, the principal special court for CBI cases here on May 14 issued summons to all the 13 accused, including the then Home Minister Sabitha, Jagan, other individuals and firms, seeking their appearance before it today.

Accordingly, Sabitha Reddy and others accused personally appeared before the court.

The court had taken cognisance of charges under the provisions of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act against Sabitha Reddy, who was named as the fourth accused in the fifth charge sheet against Jagan and others.

The special CBI court judge U Durgaprasad directed the accused, including Sabitha, Jagan and others, to furnish a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and two sureities of like amount to enable their appearance before the court in future, which they submitted through their counsels.

Jagan, presently in judicial custody and lodged in Chanchalguda Central Prison, and Vijay Sai were produced before the court by the jail authorities amid tight security.

As the court proceedings began, some persons raised pro-Jagan slogans after which the judge warned Jagan's counsel saying they will lose the sympathy of the court. “You will lose sympathy of the court...if such commotion (prevails) again and if your people behave like this. Behave in a cultured manner,” the judge said.

Earlier, Jagan's mother and YSR Congress MLA Vijayamma wept after seeing him in the court hall even as Jagan was seen consoling her.

The court allowed Jagan to speak to his mother, wife Bharathi and other family members for one hour in the adjoining room.