YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s judicial remand was on Monday extended till July 4.
Citing security reasons, the Kadapa MP was produced before special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court through video conferencing from Chanchalguda Central Prison, where he has been lodged since his arrest on May 27 on corruption charges.
Jagan had on June 21 moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking bail. The special court had dismissed his bail plea on June 1 on the ground that he was in a position to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.
The CBI has accused the leader of getting huge investments from various individuals and firms into his businesses as quid-pro-quo for favours granted by the state government when his late father was Andhra Pradesh chief minister.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate, which has registered separate cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against Jagan, has sought permission to record Jagan’s statement. The CBI court was likely to take up the matter on Monday.
On the other side, fresh from his party’s landslide victory in the recently held Andhra bypolls, Jagan has been planning to woo farmers in a big way. YSR Congress workers would take out protest rallies outside district collectorates to seek minimum support price for farmers.
As Jagan continues to be behind bars, his mother YS Vijayamma has been leading the fresh offensive against the beleaguered Kiran Reddy government.