Kadapa: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday began investigation into the murder of Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, former MP and uncle of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. A team of CBI officials, led by SP A. Rajan, on Saturday arrived in Kadapa to begin the probe.

The CBI team will stay for a week in Kadapa and interrogate some suspects in the case in Kadapa and other parts of the district.  The team collected the files relating to the case from the police officials. The CBI team also enquired the DSP of Pulivendula, Vasudevan, about the case.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court entrusted the case to CBI for a detailed investigation. The HC expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of progress in the investigation by the Andhra Pradesh police into the murder of Viveka, as the former MP from Kadapa was a popular leader.

Viveka, the younger brother of former CM late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and uncle of present Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was brutally murdered at his residence in Pulivendula, Kadapa district on March 15, 2019, a few weeks before the general elections in Andhra Pradesh.

The murder created a flutter in Andhra Pradesh and an embarrassment to the then Telugu Desam Party government, headed by then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the incident.

Jagan, who was in the Opposition then, rejected the probe by the state police and moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into his uncle’s murder. However, after  he came to power in May, 2019, the YSRC chief constituted a fresh SIT of the state police to probe the murder and even withdrew his earlier petition in the High Court demanding CBI probe, citing that SIT will nab all the accused in the case.

However, Viveka’s wife, Sowbhagyamma, daughter Sunitha, former TDP minister C. Adinarayana Reddy and TDP lawmaker B. Tech Ravi had filed separate petitions in the High Court demanding that the murder case be entrusted to the CBI, so that it cannot be influenced by the local leaders and politicians.

The CBI team will interrogate Viveka’s associate, Y. Gangi Reddy, and driver Prakash, along with others.

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