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Opposing Jaganmohan Reddy's plea requesting an exemption from appearing in the court every week on disproportionate assets cases, CBI said that this might set a bad precedent and even enable the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to influence the witness.
The CBI submitted its counter to the court in response to Jagan's plea which he filed last month seeking an exemption owing to his current status as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
"In all 11 charge sheets, the petitioner stands accused in his individual capacity and as representative of his privately-owned companies and therefore should attend the court as such," stated the CBI while saying that Jagan approached the court with "unclean hands and by suppressing material facts."
The YSRCP chief has not appeared in the court since he became Chief Minister in May as he was granted an exemption.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2017 had rejected Jagan's plea to exempt from appearing in the special court. He had pleaded for exemption, citing his duties as a legislator and Leader of Opposition.
The high court, however, had ruled that he can apply for exemption on a week-by-week basis. The cases filed on Jagan are in relation to him getting investments into his businesses and other favours during his father YS Rajashekhar Reddy's tenure as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
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