Congress, BJP spar over Jagan arrest

New Delhi, May 28: YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s arrest for illegally amassing wealth triggered a spat with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing the Congress of using the CBI against its opponents and the Congress denying the charges.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here that the Congress is using the Central Bureau of Investigation against its opponents, while shielding its own leaders.

“We would like to ask Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy why is he trying to shield six of his ministers facing charges of corruption,” Rudy said.

Jagan, as the YSR Congress leader is popularly known, was arrested by the agency Sunday in Hyderabad after three days of questioning in a case of illegally acquiring assets.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the party had not interfered with investigations and refuted suggestions that Jagan’s arrest was a political conspiracy.

“We have always maintained that we do not comment on issues which are either under investigation or are sub judice… We do not interfere into investigative or judicial processes. We reject any such contention or averment if at all it hasbeen made,” he said.

Tewari denied any link between Jagan’s arrest and next month’s bye-elections in the state.

“There is a need to desegregate the two and look at them differently. One is a criminal proceeding, which is underway. Another is an election. To link the two issues and extrapolate that one will have impact on the other is stretching it too far,” he said.

Tewari said that United Progressive Alliance government had gone for probe even if there had been a whisper of an allegation of corruption.

“If there is something which has been found, the appropriate judicial proceedings have followed and if there is nothing which has come out, then the honour of those who unfortunately were subject to those allegations has been vindicated. The CBI is answerable to the Andhra Pradesh High Court,” he said.