The Supreme Court bench, chaired by Justice Sanjeev Khanna and Justice Deepankar Datta, slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation for the excessive delay in completing investigations into the disproportionate assets charges of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Today, the Supreme Court heard two separate petitions filed by rebel YSRCP MP Raghurama Krishna Raju to quickly cancel Jagan Mohan Reddy’s bail and to transfer his cases out of Telugu States jurisdiction. The top court chastised the CBI for failing to make any substantial progress in its inquiry into this case and questioned why there had been such a protracted hold-up. The CBI’s attorney general, Tushar Mehta, responded that the delay is not the fault of the investigative division. Should it not have been the CBI, the judges questioned who was in charge.
Jagan’s attorney requested that the Supreme Court please review the Telangana High Court’s norms in order to expedite the filing of applications against national legislators. They also begged for an additional three months to finish the investigations into these petitions. The attorney additionally conveyed to the Supreme Court that Raghuram Krishnam Raju lodged petitions against the defendant with malicious intent, citing that the Andhra Pradesh government, currently in power, had initiated legal proceedings against him due to his involvement in activities contrary to the party’s interests.
In response to Jagan’s lawyer’s claims, Justice Sanjeev Khanna stated that the court is not interested with individuals’ political issues and will only consider the legal aspects of the case. The court also questioned why no one discharge petition in this case had been resolved.
The next hearings on both of these petitions have been pushed back to April.