Hyderabad, May 31 (). The Telangana High Court, former Andhra Pradesh minister Y.S. In the murder of Vivekananda Reddy, Cuddapah MP Y.S. Avinash Reddy was granted anticipatory bail on Wednesday with certain conditions.
Justice M. Laxman, who completed the hearing last week, pronounced the order on Wednesday. The court has granted anticipatory bail with certain conditions.
It directed that MPs cannot leave the country without the prior permission of the CBI. The order states, the petitioner shall not tamper with the prosecution witnesses or alter any evidence.
The judge directed Avinash Reddy to cooperate with the investigation and appear before the CBI police every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the month of June and regularly as and when required for the investigation.
The court also ruled that in the event of the arrest of the petitioner by the CBI, he shall be released on bail on furnishing a personal bond of five lakh rupees and two sureties of the like amount.
The anticipatory bail was opposed by the CBI and Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Sunita Reddy. However, after hearing the arguments of all, the court did not find any justification for the custodial interrogation of the petitioner by the CBI.
Avinash Reddy Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s cousin. He did not appear for questioning despite receiving summons from the CBI thrice this month.
The MP did not appear before the CBI in Hyderabad on 16 May and 19 May. He sought four days’ time on May 16 at Pulivendula citing pre-scheduled official engagements. He told the CBI on May 19 that his mother was ill. He was admitted to a hospital in Kurnool and the MP was also staying there.
The central agency had issued a fresh notice on May 19, directing him to appear at its Hyderabad office on May 22.
Amid reports of CBI officials reaching Kurnool for possible arrest, he wrote to the CBI seeking exemption from appearance till May 27 in view of his mother’s condition.
Vivekananda Reddy late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s brother and Jagan Mohan Reddy’s uncle. He was assassinated at his Pulivendula residence on 15 March 2019, a few weeks before the election.
The CBI last month arrested Avinash Reddy’s father Y.S. Bhaskar Reddy who is Rajasekhara Reddy’s cousin.