Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

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Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy
యెదుగూరి సందింటి జగన్మోహన్ రెడ్డి
Ys Jaganmohan Reddy paying tribute to sri potti sriramulu gaaru on Andhra apeadesh formation day- 2013-11-03 14-26.jpeg
Ys Jaganmohan reddy paying tribute to Sri Potti Sri Ramulu gaaru on Andhra Pradesh formation day.
Member of Legislative Assembly (India)
Preceded by Y. S. Vijayamma
Constituency Pulivendula
Personal details
Born (1972-12-21) 21 December 1972 (age 41)
Pulivendula village of Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh
Political party YSR Congress
Spouse(s) Y S Bharati
Relations Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy (father)
Children 2 daughters
Residence Hyderabad/Bangalore
Religion Christian Protestant

Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy (born December 21, 1972),[1] also called Jagan is an Indian politician and is a member of the Parliament of India from Kadapa constituency.[2] He is the son of the former Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

From May 2012 till Sept 2013, he was in jail[3] under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 for Disproportionate Assets and providing quid pro quo[4][5] favours to businesses.[6] A series of bail applications were repeatedly rejected by three levels of courts partly owing to "the serious nature of the offence", with estimated "amounts exceeding Rs. 3000 crores."[7] The YSR Congress and other opposition parties have alleged that Jagan is being politically victimized and the CBI is acting at the behest of the Congress and that this is a case of political vendetta.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] After 16 months, on September 23, 2013, a special CBI court granted him bail,[16] but he is not permitted to leave Andhra Pradesh.[17]

Personal life

Jaganmohan Reddy was born December 21, 1972 in Pulivendula village of Kadapa District, Andhra Pradesh. He received his early education from Pulivendula and Hyderabad Public School. He founded the daily Telugu language newspaper Sakshi and the television channel Sakshi TV.[18] He is the chief promoter of Bharathi Cements.[19] Reddy is a Protestant Christian.[20] He has a younger sister, Y. S. Sharmila, a politician.

Political life

He started his political career by campaigning for Congress party in 2004 elections in Kadapa District, and in the 2009 elections he was elected as member of Parliament from Kadapa constituency as a member of the Indian National Congress.

However, his political career took a new innings with the demise of his father, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ("YSR"). His relationship with the Indian National Congress (INC) continuously deteriorated after his father's death[21]

Six months after his father's death, he began an odarpu yatra (condolence tour) as promised earlier to go and meet the families of those alleged to have either committed suicide or suffered ill health on the news of his father's death. The Congress party's central leadership directed him to call off his odarpu yatra, and order which he defied leading to a fallout between the high command and himself. He went ahead with the yatra, stating that it was a personal matter.[22]

Jagan as a president of YSR Congress faced by-election from the Kadapa constituency and won by the huge margin of 545,043 votes.[23]

On November 29, 2010, he resigned, after a fallout with the Congress party high command.[24] He announced on 7 December 2010 from Pulivendula that he would be starting a new party within 45 days. In February, 2011, he took over a party which had existed on paper only since the prior July, and was officially recognized on February 16 as president of the YSR Congress Party.[25]

Corruption Charges

Y.S.R. Reddy's election declaration of 2004 included tax returns showing Jagan's assets at Rs. 9.2 lakh, out of a total family assets of Rs. 50 lakhs.[26] In April 2009, Jagan revealed total assets of Rs. 77 crores, and by 2011 this has allegedly increased to amount Rs. 365 crore.[27]

In August 2011, the Andhra Pradesh High Court, based on preliminary report by the CBI, ordered a thorough probe.[28] In addition to the CBI, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)[29] and the Indian Revenue Service (IRS)[30] have been probing the corruption charges.

Modus operandi: Suitcase companies

The investigation by the CBI point out several means by which Jagan made money from political favours, adopting

ingenious ways to amass illegal wealth... Since May, 2004, he started floating a number of companies including Jagathi Publications [... with himself operating] its Bank accounts. As quid pro quo to investing in his companies, benefits were received by investors ... in allotment of lands for Special Economic Zones (SEZs), contracts for irrigation projects, special relaxations/permissions for real estate ventures, mines etc.[6]

The facade companies floated by Jagan redddy are being called "suitcase companies" both in the media and court orders.[6] [31] This is an allusion to corruption models in which suitcases of cash would be delivered to politicians, but the amounts today are too large for suitcases.

The CBI officials launched country-wide searches on Reddy's offices and residences on 18 August 2011.[32] [33] Major investors in his companies were also raided.[34]

In March 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) noted that the state had lost Rs 1 Lakh crore (1 trillion rupees) revenue through favours granted to land and construction companies.[29][35]

Evidence for quid-pro-quo and Out-of-norm favours

The evidence unearthed includes direct favours given to companies who invested with Jagan Reddy's companies.

CBI DIG H. Venkatesh informed the Supreme Court that “India Cements made illegal quid pro quo investments to the tune of Rs 140 crore into the group companies of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy". In return, they received benefits such as permission to draw extra out-of-norm water from rivers and lease of land.[36] However, India cements CEO N. Srinivasan, who is also the BCCI chief, subsequently stated that these investments had returned a profit when Raghuram Cements (later Bharti Cement) was purchased by French firm Vicat.[37]

During an Income Tax raid at the residence of a manager of Dalmia Cement which invested Rs. 95 crore in the Jagan company Raghuram Cements, IRS official Vikram Singh Sharma stated that

they had recovered a pen drive containing the details of cash payments apparently made to Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy in the acronyms of “JR a/c, Sh. JR, J. Reddy acct and J.R. A/C”[30]

The chairman of the large construction firm Ramky Group, which was developing a large residential complex, paid Rs 10 crore to Ms Jagathi Publications (a Jagan-owned company which prints the daily Sakshi).[38] The quid-pro-quo allegedly involved stamp duty and registration fee that were waived as per a Government Order in 2008 .[39] Ratna Prabha, an IAS officer who signed this order, later stated that she had initially opposed the exemptions since it would "adversely affect the revenue of the state", but that she was overruled by the cabinet of Y.S.R. Reddy.[40] The properties of Ramky Estates, worth Rs. 135 crores, has been frozen.[41]

In addition to the CBI and the Income Tax Department, the Enforcement Directorate is also investigating Reddy's assets. As of June 2013, the Directorate has attached Rs.229.4 crore from various firms associated with him, based on evidence that the money was obtained by giving undue favours.[42]

Arrest and 16 months in jail

Jagan Reddy was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on embezzlement charges and his Judicial custody was extended repeatedly as the investigation proceeded.[43][44][45] [46] The Andhra Pradesh High Court, in rejecting bail,[47] observed:

taking note of serious nature of the offence and having regard to personal and financial clout of the appellant and finding that it cannot be ruled out that witnesses cannot be influenced by him in case he is released on bail at this stage.[6]

The Supreme Court also dismissed his petition in 4 July 2012,[7][48] 9 August 2012,[49] and on May 13, 2013.[6]

Meanwhile, the CBI filed a further charge-sheet against him 17 September, 2013. The new charge-sheet relate to the Sandur power and Lepakshi knowledge hub which were floated by Jagan in which the latter received huge investments on a quid pro quo arrangement while his father was chief minister (2004 to 2009).[50] After the filing of this chargesheet, the court granted him bail on the grounds that most of the investigation in the case was completed.

Charges of political vendetta

The YSR Congress and Jagan's family have been alleging a political conspiracy behind Jagan's investigations.[8][51] BJP has noted that CBI has been pursuing this case with greater vigour than that of government-aligned politicians with similar charges such as Sushil Kumar Shinde or Vilasrao Deshmukh.[12]

On the other side, the CBI’s former joint director V V Laxminaryana has stated in court that he was being targeted by the YSRC leaders after Jagan's arrest, and that he was receiving calls threatening his life.[50]

Other Congress ministers arrested for issuing orders

In March 2012, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to extend their investigations to six ministers (Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Sabita Indra Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, J Geetha Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao), and eight senior bureaucrats, who were implicated in issuing 26 Government orders that helped the companies investing in Jagan's firms.[52] Andhra Excise minister Mopidevi Venkataramana was arrested on 24 May 2012.[53]

CBI also summoned BCCI chief Mr N Srinivasan on 7 June 2012.[54]

As a sequel to allegations that CBI had selectively released information to the press to tarnish the image of Jaganmohan Reddy, the Central Vigilance Commissioner sought a report on the matter from the investigating agency.[55]

Opposition to the formation of Telengana

Even while in jail, Reddy had started a hunger strike opposing the United Progressive Alliance's decision to endorse the creation of a separate Telangana state. After 125 hours of indefinite hunger strike, his sugar levels and BP were down. Later He was shifted to Osmania General Hospital for treatment[56] His mother, MLA VIjayamma, is also on hunger strike protesting the formation of Telengana out of AP.[57] After his release, Reddy has called for a 72-hour bandh protesting the formation of Telengana.[58] Both Jagan and his mother have resigned from their legislatures opposing the Telengana decision[59]

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