CBI granted custody of Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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Jagan mohan reddy arrestedMay 28, Hyderabad: The CBI court in Hyderabad on Monday sent YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the alleged disproportionate assets case.

The CBI counsel said that Jagan did not cooperate during the investigation and that they need his custody to ascertain facts. “We are seeking Jagan’s custody to confront him with documents as facts need to be ascertained,” the CBI counsel said.

The CBI counsel also said that Jagan was “running a hawala racket and it should be looked into as a white collar crime.”

YSR Congress party called for a shutdown in Andhra Pradesh on Monday to protest the arrest of its leader. YSR Congress party leaders appealed to people to observe the “bandh” in a peaceful manner.

Prohibitory orders are already in force in Hyderabad, Jagan’s native Kadapa district and other parts of the state.

As a precautionary measure, state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) suspended its bus services in some towns.

Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said its activists would not allow the shutdown to be observed.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP  Vijayshanti said since the YSR party is opposed to the demand for separate Telangana state, a “bandh” would not be observed in the region.

Jagan Reddy, who made a stunning rise in politics, was on Sunday arrested by the CBI in the case, that can well be a turning point in Andhra Pradesh which is soon to witness bypolls to 18 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seats.

After three days of grilling, CBI arrested 39-year-old Jagan charging him under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 477A (falsification of accounts) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Amid high drama outside the Dilkusha guest house, where Jagan was questioned for nearly nine hours on Sunday, his mother, YS Vijaya, and supporters staged a dharna shortly after he was taken into CBI custody.

“CBI arrested him at 7.15 pm,” CBI spokesperson said.

“I will fight this battle legally in the courts and I am confident of a positive outcome,” said Jagan after his arrest.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in sensitive coastal districts like Prakasam, Guntur, Khammam, Krishna and Jagan’s home district Kadapa.

Railway and bus services are being closely monitored as well.

Jagan, meanwhile, spent Sunday night at the guest house where he was questioned for three days.

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