Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy received a major setback in the CBI Court in Hyderabad as it rejected his plea for personal exemption. Jaganmohan Reddy filed a petition seeking exemption from his personal appearance in the court on the ground that he was elected as chief minister of the state. He sought the exemption on his responsibilities to discharge as chief minister and the security measures involved in the travel.
However, the CBI argued that there was no change in the nature of the cases which he was facing and insisted on his personal appearance. The CBI also expressed fears that he might influence the witnesses if allowed to send his advocates on his behalf to the court. The court went in favour of the CBI argument and insisted that he should attend the hearings.
The court order was expected to be on these lines when Union Home Minister Amit Shah denied him interview last week in Delhi. Jaganmohan Reddy had to stay one full day in the national capital in the guise of meeting the Home Minister, who was otherwise busy with the results of Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. However, after the schedule was upset, the chief minister met the Home Minister on the next day, the birthday of Amit Shah.
Jaganmohan Reddy sought the help of the Home Minister but the latter reportedly left the issue to the court and did not want to interfere with it. The decision not to help Jaganmohan Reddy in the CBI cases comes in the light to the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders from the State planning to emerge as the strongest party in the state by the turn of the next elections. Interestingly some of the BJP leaders are dreaming of emerging strong and only alternative in the State politics even before the 2024 general elections.
It is to be seen what the BJP leadership, both in AP and at the Centre do as their next move, once Jaganmohan Reddy begins to attend the CBI court for the next hearing.