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Poll panel not to intervene in Jagan’s arrest

The Election Commission is understood to have decided not to intervene in the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy. Reddy’s mother YS Vijayalakshmi had sought his release in view of the coming by-polls in Andhra Pradesh.

india Updated: May 30, 2012 01:44 IST
HT Correspondents

The Election Commission is understood to have decided not to intervene in the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy. Reddy’s mother YS Vijayalakshmi had sought his release in view of the coming by-polls in Andhra Pradesh.

Jagan was arrested by CBI in a disproportionate assets case on Sunday and was remanded in judicial custory for 14 days.

Vijayalakshmi had written to the CEC pleading for his release so that Jagan could campaign in the June 12 by-polls to 18 assembly constituencies and one LS seat in Andhra Pradesh.

On Tuesday, the three-member Election Commission met under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Tuesday and discussed the letter from Vijayalakshmi, YSR Congress honorary president, seeking a direction from the commission for her son's release.

EC sources said the commission was not in a position to do anything in this regard as the matter was sub-judice and a legal process was on. The Commission will make clear its position in a communication to Vijayalakshmi, they said.

Urging for free and fair elections, Vijayalakshmi had said, “The CBI arrested him (Jagan) just 15 days before the by-elections... This is part of a larger conspiracy to deprive his participation in the elections with the sole objective of helping the ruling Congress candidates.”

With agency inputs