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Jagan's bail plea to come up on May 31, EC won't interfere

A special court today adjourned hearing on YSR Congress party leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy's bail petition to Thursday in a disproportionate assets case. No Jagan for bypolls, in jail till June 11 | Blog: Will Jagan's arrest impact Prez Polls? | 'Cong using CBI'

india Updated: May 29, 2012 18:16 IST
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The Election Commission is understood to have decided not to intervene in the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, whose mother has sought his release in view of the coming bypolls in Andhra Pradesh.

In another development, a special court on Tuesday adjourned hearing on YSR Congress party leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy's bail petition to Thursday in a disproportionate assets case.

The CBI court admitted the bail petition for hearing and directed the CBI to file a counter by the next hearing.

The court had on Monday dismissed Jagan's bail plea while sending the Member of Parliament to judicial custody till June 11.

The YSR Congress Party leader, in his fresh petition, has sought bail on the ground that he wants to campaign for the party in the by-elections.

By-elections to one Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats are scheduled to be held on June 12.

Jagan's lawyers also sought permission from the Andhra Pradesh high court to file a petition challenging his arrest. With the vacation bench granting permission, the quash petition would be filed on Wednesday.

Terming his arrest as illegal, Jagan has alleged that he was arrested only to keep him away from the poll campaign.

The CBI also sought permission to file a petition seeking Jagan's custody for 14 days. The investigating agency has moved the high court after the CBI court on Monday dismissed its petition.

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

Top sources in the EC 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.

Jagan was arrested by CBI in a disproportionate assets case on Sunday and was lodged in a Hyderabad jail on Monday after a court remanded him in judicial custory for 14 days.

Against this backdrop, Vijayalakshmi had written to the CEC pleading for his release so that Jagan could campaign in the June 12 bypolls to 18 assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh.

The party had also decided yesterday that she would lead the campaign in Jagan's absence.

Urging for conduct of free and fair elections, Vijayalakshmi had said, "I am writing this letter with great hope that you would kindly intervene (in the matter).

"CBI arrested him (Jagan) on May 27, 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."

First Published: May 29, 2012 12:49 IST