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Telangana HC’s direction to CBI

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Don’t take action against Avinash
Investigating agency submits 10 documents, 35 witnesses & a few photos to court


Reserving its verdict on the petition filed by Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy in connection with former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy’s murder case, the Telangana High Court on Monday asked the CBI not to take any action against him.

The CBI submitted details including audiography and videography on Avinash’s questioning in a sealed cover. Ten documents, 35 witnesses, and a few photos were submitted to the court. CBI also handed over the letter found at the location and the FSL report. The agency maintained that it is questioning Avinash Reddy under 160 CRP and he did not attend the questioning through the court. It further said Avinash Reddy attended questioning only after notices were served by the investigating agencies.

CBI told the court that Avinash Reddy’s statement was recorded through audio and video system. The agency said that Avinash Reddy had a role in destroying the evidence in the case. CBI requested the court to not grant directives to stop action against Avinash. After hearing the arguments, the court said that no action should be taken against him and reserved its verdict.

The aspect of YS Avinash Reddy’s father YS Bhaskar Reddy’s questioning was also mentioned in the court. When CBI was asked why he was called to Kadapa when the investigation is going on in Hyderabad, CBI said it did not call him.

On the other hand, the High Court became serious about Avinash Reddy holding a press conference at the CBI office. The court asked why the press meet was held when the probe was going on.

On the other hand, Avinash Reddy’s lawyers argued that there is CBI’s hand behind Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Sunitha’s implead petition. They also said that there is political pressure behind the allegations. They mentioned that Sunitha who was positive initially started making allegations a year later. Lawyers also stressed the point that the CBI is not probing the role of Viveka’s son-in-law and second wife Shameem. They requested the court that the probe be held in a comprehensive manner considering all factors.

Avinash Reddy’s lawyers said that he should be freed from questioning in the wake of the Parliament session and asked the court to consider the request. “You only filed a petition and say there is a Parliament session. The order might be given tomorrow,” the court said. Saying that they cannot interfere in the questioning, the bench told the lawyer to approach CBI if they want relief.

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