HYDERABAD: YSRCP leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy has withdrawn his writ petition in the Hyderabad high court after the judge expressed unwillingness to take Jagan’s plea into account. Earlier, Mr. Jangan filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking permission for a joint trial on three charge-sheets filed by the CBI in the special court at Nampally.
The YSRCP leader moved the High Court as the CBI special court refused to entertain his petition. A total of three-charge sheets were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) relating to Jagan’s investments in his companies.
The petition was heard by Justice Shiva Shankar Rao on Thursday. The Special public prosecutor arguing for CBI submitted to the court that YS Jagan’s plea for joint hearing is only to delay the trial. “The intentions of the accused are very clear. A request for a joint hearing is only to delay the trial. The court should note that the three charge-sheets filed by the CBI were different and pertains to various crimes committed by the accused. A joint hearing in this scenario will only delay the trial process”, Public prosecutor for CBI K Surender Rao said.
Further lawyer Surender Rao reiterated that there is no rule in the Criminal procedure code to allow for a joint trial on the request of the accused.
Agreeing to the arguments made by the CBI, Justice Shiva Shankar Rao said that a joint trial cannot be sought. At the end, knowing that the petition will be dismissed, YS Jagan’s counsel withdrew the writ petition after seeking the permission of the Judge.