Atrocious, unacceptable, says apex court of Telangana HC stay on Avinash Reddy arrest; to hear case on Monday

A bench of the Chief Justice has asked Kadapa MP Avinash Reddy to appear before it on Monday, when it will hear the case.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 21, 2023 | 4:33 PMUpdatedApr 21, 2023 | 4:33 PM

Avinash Reddy Viveka case

The Supreme Court on Friday, 21 April, stayed the Telangana High Court’s “atrocious and unacceptable” directive prohibiting the CBI from initiating coercive action against YSRCP leader and Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy in the murder case of his uncle and former Andhra minister YS Vivekananda Reddy.

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha also stayed all the proceedings and directed to list the case on Monday, 24 April.

The topmost court also directed lawmaker Avinash Reddy to appear before it on Monday.

“What kind of order is this? We stay this order completely,” the chief justice said while hearing a petition from Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Narreddy Sunitha Reddy, challenging the Telangana High Court order that Avinash Reddy should not be arrested till 25 April.

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CBI to complete probe by 30 April

High Court Justice K Surender on Tuesday, 18 April, had directed the CBI not to take any coercive steps against S. Avinash Reddy till it hears the case on Tuesday, 25 April.

Sunitha Reddy’s counsel reminded the Supreme Court that it had asked the CBI to complete the investigation into the murder by 30 April.

He argued that Avinash Reddy should have been arrested already and alleged that he was under the protection of people close to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan.

Jagan’s paternal uncle Vivekananda Reddy — popularly known as Viveka — was murdered at his residence in Kadapa on the intervening night oof 14 and 15 March 2019.

The chief minister’s another uncle and Avinash Reddy’s father YS Bhaskar Reddy was arrested on Sunday, 16 April.

Bhaskar Reddy has been charged under Sections 120B (conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as he played a crucial role in the case, according to the CBI.

Sunitha’s counsel also apprised the court that the Telangana High Court had already dismissed Avinash Reddy’s petition to quash the case against him.

No arrest till Monday

Avinash Reddy’s counsel Ranjith Reddy said that he was yet to receive Sunitha’s petition in the Supreme Court.

He said Avinash Reddy was being interrogated in the CBI office even as the hearing was going on in the Supreme Court. He requested a directive against arresting him.

The court then asked the CBI not to arrest him till 24 April.

Meanwhile, the questioning of Avinash Reddy is going on at the CBI office in Hyderabad for the third day in a row on Friday, 21 April.

The MP arrived at the office at about 10 am. The CBI also moved the other accused Bhaskar Reddy and Gajjela Uday Kumar Reddy, a close aide of Avinash Reddy, to their office from Chanchalguda prison for questioning.