CBI court quashes Jagan’s plea for personal appearance exemption

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Principal Special Court for CBI cases dismissed a writ petition from his personal appearance before it.

Jagan sought the plea on the ground that he would be undertaking padayatra from November 2, 2017 to May 2, 2018. He postponed the YSRCP legislature party meeting slated for Monday to Thursday following the pronouncement of the judgement. He was understood to have discussed the future course of action as fallout of the Special Court verdict including the option of moving the High Court.

Jagan moved the petition before the CBI court following the directions of the High Court after his petition filed under Section 205 of CrPC seeking blanket exemption in the trial court in view of his padayatra. He moved the special court with the petition filed under the provisions of Section 317 of CrPC seeking personal appearance exemption during the period of padayatra.

The CBI special court heard the arguments of both the petitioner and prosecution. The counsel for the petitioner urged the court to grant exemption stating that the trial in the cases was yet to begin on regular basis and only discharge petitions were being dealt for now. However, the counsel for both the CBI and ED argued separately that personal exemption could not be granted in cases dealing with serious offences.

The special court suggested the petitioner that he could take a break for his padayatra every week to appear before it and observed that he could as well tell about it to people that he was appearing before the court as a law abiding citizen.

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