A day after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected, the CBI questioned YSR Congress president Jagan Mohan Reddy for nearly eight hours on Friday in connection with the disproportionate assets case. Jagan was asked to report again on Saturday.
“It was very peaceful,” Jagan said about the interrogation after he came out of the CBI office. “I have been asked to come again tomorrow at 10:30am. More clarifications will be sought and more clarifications will be given.”
Two Congress legislators —MP Sabbam Hari and MLA Alla Nani — accompanied Jagan to the CBI office in defiance to party leaders. Pradesh Congress Committee chief Botsa Satyanarayana indicated that action would be taken against them.
Meanwhile, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and other Congress leaders rallied around Mopidevi, who was arrested by the CBI on Thursday. The CM called on Mopidevi’s family to show solidarity. PCC chief said Mopidevi was innocent.
CBI sources said Jagan was confronted with three other accused in the case, ex-minister Mopidevi Venkat Ramana, Matrix pharma chief Nimmagadda Prasad and IRTS official Brahmananda Reddy, who were party to the VANPIC (Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor) land scam and have already been arrested by the CBI. Jagan was asked to clarify their statements.
Mopidevi has already implicated Jagan and his father, late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, by saying he was pressurised to allot the 13,000 acres of land to VANPIC.
Jagan’s reactions to these charges are, however, unknown.
The city police heaved a sigh of relief as Jagan’s questioning passed off without any major incident despite fears that his supporters might create chaos.