For YSR Congress President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, everything seems to have fallen in place along with his dream of becoming the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. But, something that will keep poking him is his Friday visits to Nampally court in the disproportionate assets case where he is accused of amassing huge amount of wealth illegally.
While he has been following the Friday court ritual until now, sources say that he may now seek an exemption from the appearance as he is set to become the Chief Minister. Also, attending a court session as a CM in neighbouring state in a corruption case may not send the right signals to the people, the party believes. According to party sources, he will soon file a petition in the Telangana High Court to seek an exemption from court appearances.
The Telangana government, on the other hand too, is planning to implied itself citing ”security reasons” as the primary concern as it would become difficult to provide security cover for Jagan as CM, every week. Apparently, Jagan could cite reasons of his responsibility as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh while seeking an exemption when he re-files his petition.
However, legal experts say that given the nature of his cases, the High Court may or may not exempt him from weekly appearance. Political observers say that if exemption is not given to him, it may become another reason for people to mock him. So, will the Court visits become a headache for the new CM? We are yet to see.
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