The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed the bail petition of G. Uday Kumar Reddy, one of the accused in the murder case of former Andhra Pradesh Minister Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy. The CBI has submitted a counter affidavit in court stating that if released on bail, Uday Kumar Reddy may influence the witnesses in the case. The agency argues that the probe is at a crucial stage, and the bail to Uday Kumar Reddy could impede the investigation. The court has posted the matter for orders on May 15. The CBI has expedited the investigation after the Supreme Court constituted a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the agency and directed it to complete the investigation by June 30. Vivekananda Reddy was found murdered at his residence in Pulivendula of Kadapa district on March 15, 2019. The CBI took over the investigation into the case in 2020.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed the bail petition of G. Uday Kumar Reddy, one of the accused in the murder case of former Andhra Pradesh Minister Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy. In its counter affidavit submitted to the CBI court, the probe agency raised concerns that if Reddy was released on bail, he may influence the witnesses in the case.
The CBI also argued that the investigation is at a crucial stage, and granting bail to Reddy could impede the progress of the probe. The agency had arrested Uday Kumar Reddy on April 14, 2023, after collecting evidence of his involvement in the case.
On May 15, 2023, the court is set to decide on the bail plea of Uday Kumar Reddy. The CBI has also submitted the murder case diary to the CBI court as per the court’s order on Wednesday.
The agency has alleged that Kadapa MP Y.S. Avinash Reddy was involved in the conspiracy and in causing disappearance of the evidence. Uday Kumar Reddy was an aide of Avinash Reddy, and the CBI had arrested Avinash Reddy’s father Y.S. Bhaskar Reddy two days after arresting Uday Kumar Reddy.
The CBI has questioned Avinash Reddy several times in the case, and the investigation was expedited after the Supreme Court constituted a new Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the agency. The court directed the CBI to complete the investigation by April 30, 2023, which was recently extended till June 30, 2023.
Vivekananda Reddy, the brother of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and uncle of present Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was found murdered at his residence in Pulivendula of Kadapa district on the night of March 15, 2019, a few days before the elections.
The CBI had taken over the investigation into the case in 2020 on the direction of Andhra Pradesh High Court while hearing a petition of Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Suneetha Reddy, who raised suspicion about some relatives. The Supreme Court had transferred the case to Hyderabad in November last year while observing that doubts raised by Suneetha Reddy about getting a fair trial and investigation in Andhra Pradesh were not unfounded.
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