The AP High Court had refused to give any exemption to Telugu Desam Party senior leader, Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister Y S Chowdary, more popular as Sujana Chowdary, from attending to the questioning by the CBI.
The CBI had asked the TDP leader to appear before it in Bengaluru on April 27 in a bank fraud case. However, he refused to attend the CBI questioning and sought relief from the High Court. The court, after hearing the case, asked the former Union Minister to be available to the CBI on the issue. However, the court had said that he could be available to the CBI on May 27 and or 28 and not on May 4, as desired by the CBI.
The former Union Minister and the TDP leader is accused in a bank fraud case, cheating the Andhra Bank for Rs 71 crore, Central Bank of India for Rs 133 crore and Corporation Bank for Rs 159 crore. The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI have filed cases against the TDP leader and four of his associates in Chennai, who were heading Best and Crompton Engineering Private Limited.
The senior TDP leader claimed that he had quit the company and several other companies in 2014 and is not anyway connected to the bank cases filed against him. He wanted the High Court to give him relief from being accused in the case. However, the court asked him to attend the CBI and get relief from them and not the court. The court also directed the CBI not to arrest him as part of questioning or interrogation. The court also categorically told the CBI that it cannot use third degree measures during questioning or interrogation. He should be questioned from 10 am to 5 pm with lunch break from 1 pm to 2 pm.
The senior TDP leader had been avoiding the CBI cases as he had been part of the NDA government till 2018. Though these cases were failed against him in 2017, the CBI could not make any move forward as he was in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Now, out of NDA, the CBI had made its moves fast and fixed the senior TDP leader to face the cases. As the court too was unfavourable to his plea, he is forced to attend the CBI questioning.
It is to be seen how the TDP would react to this once he is taken for questioning by the CBI at the end of this month.