Vijay Sai, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s auditor, and a co-accused in the case was arrested by the CBI sleuths on Jan 2. A CBI chargesheet in the case is expected by Apr 2.
Sources reveal if the 17 MLAs are disqualified, the Election Commission will have to hold bypolls in six months from the date of the notification, as the seats left by them cannot be left vacant.
Earlier, the decision to disqualify 17 Congress and Praja Rajyam MLAs owing loyalty to Jagan Mohan Reddy was put off. The EC is expected to take decision in the case by the first week of Mar.
"Bypolls to the 17 seats could be deferred by another six months so that the Congress could effectively overcome the sympathy wave," said the source.
However, police said that the CBI was not likely to arrest Jagan unless they have substantial proof against his alleged involvement in the case.
"He could have been arrested in the illegal mining case, the Emaar scam and in his own illegal assets case by now, but the CBI will not arrest him without tangible evidence of his involvement," said the police.