YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy was arrested by the CBI on Sunday.
Andhra Pradesh police went on high alert amid reports of Jagan arrest after more than seven and a half hours of questioning by the CBI today.
YS Jagan appeared before the CBI for the 3d consecutive day on Sunday for questioning in the disproportionate assets case (DA case) or illegal assets case. There was no official confirmation about the CBI’s plans to arrest YS Jagan.
Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy issued a statement in the evening warning that stringent action would be taken against violators of law. Without mentioning the reasons for issuing the statement, she said that “in view of the prevailing circumstances, everyone should respect the rule of law and the judiciary”.
At the same time, she asked the police officials to act impartially. “It is the duty of the government to protect law and order. If anyone, however high and mighty they maybe, breaches the law, they will be punished. We are taking all precautionary measures to see that peace and tranquillity is not disturbed”, she added.
APSRTC was considering withdrawal of bus services in some sensitive districts and security was beefed up substantially across all cities and towns in the State. Already, prohibitory orders under Sec. 144 have been imposed in several places and YSR Congress workers taken into preventive custody in Hyderabad and several districts like Warangal. Tight security was clamped by police outside the Lotus Pond residence of Mr. Jagan.