Cong rejects allegations by Jagan & family

The ruling party accused the YSR Congress chief and his family of making baseless accusations for sake of "political benefit".

New Delhi/Hyderabad: Rejecting allegations that CBI was acting against YS Jaganmohan Reddy at the behest of government and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the ruling party today accused the YSR Congress chief and his family of making baseless accusations for sake of "political benefit".

"Neither the central government, the state government nor the Congress have anything to do with Jagan`s arrest. It was part of the (investigation) process and the investigation is based on the directions of the High Court," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said.

"The rise of Rajasekhara Reddy is due to the Gandhi family. So now they want to accuse them for political benefit. We condemn that totally.... People of the state are very intelligent. They will understand the gameplan," he said.

Trashing charges of political vendetta behind the arrest of Jagan, party spokesperson Manish Tewari, speaking in Delhi, dismissed contentions of it having any impact on the bye-polls in Andhra Pradesh saying that is "erroneous read" of the pulse of India and people are far more mature.

"We do not interfere into the on-going investigation or judicial process. We reject all such averments or allegations if they have been made at all," he told reporters at the AICC briefing.

Taking strong exception to the YSR family "trying to create a controversy" over the helicopter crash in which Jagan`s father the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekahara Reddy was killed, the Chief Minister said his government was ready to order fresh investigation into the incident.
"We condemn such acts... They are trying to get political sympathy out of their financial irregularities or the death of Rajasekhara Reddy, which was an accident," Kiran said.

"We have not ordered the inquiry (against Jagan). It is a court order. It was for Jagan to answer to (the court) on the financial irregularities," he said.

The central government never interfered when CBI arrested its ministers, MPs and others on corruption charges, Kiran noted, adding that a minister of his Cabinet too was arrested by the CBI in the (Jagan`s) disproportionate assets case.

39-year-old Jagan was arrested by the CBI yesterday in the disproportionate assets case and remanded in judicial custody for two weeks.