Viveka murder case: SC to hear petitions by Suneetha Narreddy after 3 weeks

Suneetha has, among other things, challenged the Telangana HC order granting conditional bail to T Gangi Reddy, an accused in the case.

ByParmod Kumar

Published Sep 11, 2023 | 4:27 PM Updated Sep 11, 2023 | 4:28 PM

YS Vivekananda Reddy. was found dead in the bathroom of his house in Kadapa on 15 March 2019. (Supplied)

The Supreme Court on Monday, September 11, said that it would hear a batch of petitions by Dr Suneetha Narreddy, daughter of the deceased YSRCP leader Vivekananda Reddy, popularly known as Viveka challenging the Telangana High Court order granting anticipatory bail to the YSR Congress Party’s Lok Sabha member from Kadapa YS Avinash Reddy — one of the accused in the alleged murder of Viveka.

Suneetha has also challenged the Telangana High Court order granting conditional bail to T Gangi Reddy — which was stayed by the Supreme Court on 26 May. Gangi Reddy is also an accused in the Viveka murder case.

Gangi Reddy also approached the Supreme Court challenging the 27 April high court order cancelling his bail and remanding him to judicial custody on the plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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Listed after three weeks

Adjourning the matter, a bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice SVN Bhati said that let the matter be listed on a non-miscellaneous day— when regular matters are taken up for hearing— and ordered its listing after three weeks.

On 18 July, in Dr Suneetha Narreddey’s plea against the grant of pre-arrest bail to Avinash Reddy, the Supreme Court asked the CBI to file a reply to Dr Suneetha Narreddy’s plea.

In its 18 July order, the top court had asked the CBI, which is investigating the case, to place before it the copy of the chargesheet filed before the Special CBI court in Hyderabad in the case and the original case diary.

The CBI had filed the chargesheet in the case before the Special CBI court in Hyderabad on 28 June.

Stay on High Court order

By another petition, Dr Suneetha Narreddy has challenged the Telangana High Court order granting conditional bail to accused T Gangi Reddy alias Yerra Gangi Reddy. The top court by its 26 May order had stayed the High Court order.

The high court on 27 April on a plea by the CBI ordered Gangi Reddy to surrender on or before 5 May, upon which he shall be remanded to judicial custody till 30 June, which was then the outer limit fixed by the top court for the completion of investigation by CBI.

However, the high court by the same order had directed the principal special judge — holding trial in the case — to enlarge Gangi Reddy on bail on 1 July on his executing a personal bond for a sum of ₹1 lakh with two sureties for the like sum each to the satisfaction of the Court.

Putting on hold the high court order asking the principal special judge to enlarge Gangi Reddy on bail on 1 July, the top court’s vacation bench of Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice Pamidighantam Sri Narasimha clarified that the accused would continue to remain in judicial custody even after 30 June.

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The case

Vivekanand Reddy was the uncle of present Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and brother of late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Dr Suneetha Narreddy is the daughter of the deceased Vivekanand Reddy.

A month before the general elections in 2019, Vivekananda Reddy, a former MP, was found murdered at his residence in Pulivendula on 15 March 2019.

The CBI took over the investigation in July 2020 on the orders of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

The case was earlier registered at the Pulivendula Police Station in Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh. Viveka had represented the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency.