Upon the Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s urge to exempt his appearance from the court, the Special CBI Court at Hyderabad admitted a petition for hearing his plea. The Chief Minister has filed a petition under Section 205 to allow his advocate to appear instead of him as he has to perform his constitutional duties.
Senior counsel S Niranjan Reddy on behalf of Jagan, submitted that his client had already filed petitions twice when he was an opposition leader in the State assembly in 2014 and 2016. The reasons cited were ‘Padayatra’ and his responsibilities as the opposition leader respectively. However, the court dismissed both the pleas stating the reasons are not rationale. This was taken into regard by CBI court judge BR Madhusudhan Rao who objected to maintainability of the petition. S Niranjan Reddy has then stated that changed circumstances can be the ground for filing the plea in the same court again. The judge admitted the petition and adjourned the case to September 27.