Attack on Jagan: HC asks AP police to update on enquiry

The High Court had directed the Andhra Pradesh police to update the details of enquiry into the attack on Leader of Opposition, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at the Visakhapatnam airport on October 25.

Taking up hearing on the petitions of Jaganmohan Reddy seeking CBI probe and the petitions of Y V Subba Reddy and another person, the High Court had asked the special investigation team (SIT) to submit the information on the details collected so far. The case was posted to November 13 for the next hearing.

The court questioned Jaganmohan Reddy for not registering a complaint with the police before expressing doubt over the ‘unfair’ investigation. However, the court left the option to Jaganmohan Reddy whether he would complain and cooperate with the police or not. The court refused to monitor the investigation process, but expressed confidence that the SIT would work without being influenced by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and DGP R P Thakur.

The YSR Congress alleged that the Chief Minister and the DGP have attributed political motives to the attack without being preliminary enquiry into the incident. Advocate for YSR Congress, C V Mohan Reddy told the court that both the Chief Minister and the DGP were influencing the investigating police. “When the Chief Minister and the DGP attribute political motives to the incident, we don’t think that the police who work under these two, would work independently,” Mohan Reddy said.

AP Advocate General Dammalati Srinivas informed the court that the victim Jaganmohan Reddy was not cooperating with the SIT officials. He further said that the knife which was used by the attacker was handed over to the police two hours after the incident. He further informed the court that Jaganmohan Reddy had refused to give a statement on the incident and also didn’t hand over the shirt with blood strains for evidence collection.

The court, however, directed the advocate general to get the preliminary enquiry information and place it before the court for the next hearing on November 13.

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