Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has filed a petition before the Special CBI Court in Hyderabad seeking exemption from personal appearance in the ongoing proceedings related to disproportionate assets case filed by CBI against him. He has sought permission to allow his advocate Ashok Reddy to represent him.
An affidavit to this effect has been filed by the Chief Minister under Sec. 205 Cr.P.C. on Thursday was citing various grounds for seeking the exemption. The CM stated that after assuming office as Chief Minister, he is taking various measures to remedy the difficult situation in the state and as part of it, he is regularly holding daily meetings with officials and other stakeholders. Since all this being carried out from the city of Vijayawada, the CM would have to travel to Hyderabad for attending the hearings.
It was also contended that when matters proceed to a more advanced stage in the case, the hearings would be conducted on a more regular basis and this would render the CM to leave his official duties for attending the hearings. "This would seriously impact and derail the administration in the State of Andhra Pradesh." It was also pointed out that given the present protocol and security-related detail, it would entail huge public expenditure.
This petition of the CM would be taken up by the Special CBI Court on Friday, and it will be decided whether to grant exemption or not. Earlier in 2014 also, YS Jaganmohan Reddy moved a petition for exemption from personal appearance, but it was dismissed by the Court. Even the High Court upheld the decision of the CBI Court. It remains to be seen as to what decision the Court takes now since the status of Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has changed from Leader of Opposition to Chief Minister in this period.