Vijayawada: Four members of a family, who were summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, have approached Andhra Pradesh high court alleging that they were being forced to give false confessional statements.

They also alleged that the CBI officials were subjecting them to third-degree methods to extract false confessions.

Yadati Sunil Yadav along with his father Krishnaiah, mother Savitri and his younger brother Kiran Yadav filed a petition in the high court.

TL Nayan Kumar, the counsel for the petitioners, told the court that CBI officials summoned Sunil Yadav to Delhi by issuing notices under Section 160 CrPC in March. He was made to stay in Delhi for more than two months in the name of investigation and subjected to third-degree methods. The CBI officials even did a lie detector test on him, he said.

Nayan Kumar said CBI officials again summoned Yadav and his family members. He said they were asked to report to Kadapa jail for investigation. He contended that the CBI officials did not follow due procedure in summoning them and also objected to third-degree methods to extract a false confession.

He alleged that the CBI officials beat him and his younger brother who is working with Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC). They sought directions to the CBI restraining them from summoning them for investigation and taking any coercive steps including arresting them.

Counsel for CBI A Chenna Kesavulu denied the allegations. He sought time to file a counter affidavit stating all facts before advancing his arguments.

Justice Ch Manavendranath Roy allowed his request and posted the matter for further hearing on July 29.

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