Viveka murder case: CBI again questions YSRCP MP Avinash Reddy, this time for over 7 hours

Avinash Reddy, who was granted anticipatory bail, was directed to cooperate with the CBI and appear before it every Saturday of June 2023.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 11, 2023 | 6:35 AMUpdatedJun 11, 2023 | 6:35 AM

Avinash Reddy met his father Bhaskar Reddy during mulakat. (Twitter)

The CBI in Hyderabad on Saturday, 10 June, grilled YSRCP MP YS Avinash Reddy for over seven hours in connection with the murder of his uncle and former Andhra Pradesh minister YS Vivekananda Reddy in Kadapa in March 2019.

Following directions from the high court, which granted anticipatory bail to him a few days ago, Avinash Reddy appeared before the CBI for the second time.

On last Saturday, 3 June, when he appeared before it, the CBI arrested him and subsequently released him. The CBI declared him as accused number eight (A8) in the case before arresting him.

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Bail conditions

The Lok Sabha member from Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, who was granted anticipatory bail by the high court on 31 May, was directed to cooperate with the investigation and to appear before the CBI every Saturday till the end of June.

The court, in its order, had said that the petitioner shall be released on bail in the event of his arrest by the CBI on execution of a personal bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties for a like sum each, to the satisfaction of the CBI. The MP fulfilled those conditions.

The court had also asked him not to leave the country without prior permission of the CBI until the investigation is complete and ordered that he shall not tamper with the prosecution witnesses or alter any evidence.

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Avinash Reddy and family

Avinash Reddy, who is the cousin of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, is under the CBI scanner for Vivekananda Reddy’s murder and has been questioned several times by the central agency this year.

His father YS Bhaskar Reddy was arrested by the CBI on 16 April in relation to the murder, following which Avinash moved the Telangana High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

A special court for CBI cases rejected the bail plea of Bhaskar Reddy, who is presently lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail as a remand prisoner.

The CBI has charged Bhaskar Reddy under Sections 120B (Conspiracy), Murder (302) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly playing a crucial role in the case.

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Case in a nutshell

Vivekananda Reddy, popularly known as Viveka, was an MLA of Pulivendula Constituency in 1985 and 1994, and a Member of Lok Sabha from Kadapa Parliamentary Constituency in 1999 and 2004.

He was a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009. He served as minister of agriculture and Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology, Environment & Forest constituted by the Union government in the year 2005.

After the murder, the police registered an FIR in Pulivendula Urban Police Station with crime number 84/2019 initially under Section 174 Cr.Pc based on the complaint of MV Krishna Reddy, who was the Personal Assistant of the deceased and subsequently the Section of law was altered to 302 IPC.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the then state government probed the case, which was later taken over by the CBI.

Viveka was the brother of the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh and father of current Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.