Followed by the repetitive rejections from the CBI court over the exemption from personal attendance in connection with the pending quid pro quo cases, looks like the Chief Minister Jagan approached the High Court as the ultimate move. Challenging the CBI court’s orders over the personal attendance on January 31, the Chief Minister filed a petition in the high court on Monday. Referring to his responsibilities as the Chief Minister of a newly formed state, Jagan appealed the CBI court to allow his lawyer or a representative to attend the hearing every Friday which was rejected by the court. Upon which the YSRCP’s supremo moved the High Court stating that he was forced to take the step pertaining to repeated rejections from CBI court.
It is known that CBI has been strongly objected Jagan’s request referring to the delay in the investigation of the case and it would take much longer if the CM is exempted from personal attendance. The court also stated that exempting Jagan might influence the witnesses pertaining to his political and personal power. On the other hand, Jagan filing the plea which came close on the heels of the state government roping in senior lawyer and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi raised speculations in political circles. Trusted sources have it that, besides Rs 5 crores issued towards the fee of the advocate, Jagan was said to offer him more to deal with the CBI cases against him. Though this is believed to be a rumour, recent revelations on the legal front added strength to the speculations over Mukul’s involvement.