Viveka murder case: Petitioner's counsel says CBI relying on hearsay

Bhaskar Reddy's lawyer argued that the CBI is not considering the testimony of the eyewitnesses

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  12 April 2023 3:42 AM GMT
YS Viveka murder case

Hyderabad: Vivekananda Reddy murder case took a new spin after the petitioner's lawyer told Telangana High Court that approver Dastagir's statement is nothing but "hearsay".

Telangana High Court on Tuesday heard the petition filed by MP Avinash Reddy's father Bhaskar Reddy in the YS Vivekananda Reddy's murder case.

Sunil Yadav is said to have killed Viveka after speaking rudely to her mother. Bhaskar Reddy's lawyer argued that the CBI is not considering the testimony of the eyewitnesses.

"CBI is relying on hearsay statements. The statement of Dastagir, who has become an approver in the case, is also hearsay", the petitioner's counsel stated.

The court adjourned the matter to April 13.

New SIT constituted

In March, the supreme court constituted a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) to complete the investigation by 30 April. With the directions of the apex court, the CBI has appointed a six-member team to speed up the investigation into the murder case under the leadership of Keshav Ram Chaurasia, the deputy inspector general of CBI. The present investigation officer, Ram Singh, has been replaced with a new team.

The Supreme Court also directed the CBI to bring out the larger conspiracy involved in the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, who was a former minister, MP, and paternal uncle of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The Case

YS Vivekananda Reddy was found murdered in his home at Pulivendula in YSR Kadapa district on 14 March 2019, days before the general elections in 2019. The case turned several twists and Kadapa MP Y.S. Avinash Reddy and his father Bhaskar Reddy are also facing allegations for their involvement in the murder.

Dr. Suneetha Reddy, the daughter of YS Vivekananda Reddy and cousin of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, moved the apex court seeking a detailed investigation into the murder case. She sought directions to shift the trial of her father’s murder case to another state and to directly monitor the investigation and she also sought directions that all the witnesses in the case be given police protection and urged a speedy investigation and trial of the case.

Dr. Suneetha, in her plea, said that even after more than three years of the murder, there is no progress in the investigation so far.

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