Hyderabad: AP CM YS Jagan Mohan, on January 10, appeared before the special court for CBI cases in Hyderabad. This is the first time the YSRCP chief along with Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy is facing trial, since he took charge as the chief minister in May 2019.

The next hearing of the case will be held on January 17, and AP chief minister Jagan would not appear, informed his counsel.

Telangana police pressed in adequate security measures before the arrival of the AP chief minister, who reached the court at 10.40 am. The case hearing is likely to be heard till 2 pm on Friday.

Meanwhile, YS Viajyamma and YS Sharmila did not appear before a sessions court in Hyderabad citing summons have not reached them.

Andhra Chief Minister YS Jagan was made an accused in 2012 in the quid pro quo case with regard to disproportion assets, by the CBI. There are 11 charge sheets in the case and the minister is accused number one in all the charge sheets.

The quid pro quo case is with regard to several alleged investments made by various private firms to a tune of several crore rupees in Jagan’s businesses in exchange for alleged favours by the erstwhile YSR Rajasekhara Reddy government.

The counsel for the chief minister and Rajyasabha MP Vijaysai Reddy had filed a dispense petition seeking exemption from court proceedings. The chief minister had cited that he was busy with “official duties”, while the counsel for Vijaysai Reddy said he attending a meeting in Delhi on Friday. The CBI special court judge. B.R. Madhusudhan Rao had expressed his displeasure at these petitions and pointed out that Jagan has not been attending court proceedings on one or other pretext from March 1, 2019, which was his last personal appearance. Making it clear that he was allowing the dispense petitions for this hearing only, the judge directed that both YS Jaganmohan Reddy and V Vijaysai Reddy must be present in the court on the next date of hearing on January 10.

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