EC won’t intervene in Jagan`s arrest case: Sources

Sources said on Tuesday that the EC is most unlikely to step into the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Sources said on Tuesday that the Election Commission is most unlikely to step into the matter concerning the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, after his mother wrote to the CEC seeking his release on the grounds that bypolls were due in Andhra Pradesh and his son needed to campaign for the same.

The three-member Election Commission met today under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and discussed the letter from YS Vijayalakshmi, YSR Congress honorary president, seeking a direction from the Commission for her son`s release.

However, said highly-placed sources, the EC decided not to do anything in this regard as it was not in a position to intervene, also because the matter was sub-judice and a legal process was on.

The Commission will also communicate its decision to Vijayalakshmi.

Jagan was arrested by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case on Sunday and was lodged in a Hyderabad jail yesterday after a court remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days till June 11.

He today applied for bail in the CBI trial court, which posted the matter for hearing on May 31.

A CBI court had yesterday rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

Vijayalakshmi had written to the CEC pleading for her son’s release so that Jagan could campaign in the June 12 bypolls to 18 Assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Andhra Pradesh.

The party had also decided yesterday that she would lead the campaign in Jagan`s absence.

Urging for conduct of free and fair elections, Vijayalakshmi had said, "I am writing this letter with great hope that you would kindly intervene (in the matter)...

"CBI arrested him (Jagan) on May 27, just 15 days before the by-elections...This is part of a larger conspiracy to deprive his participation in the elections with the sole objective of helping the ruling Congress candidates."

(With PTI inputs)

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