Jagan cries foul; calls A/C freeze a move to gag media

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YS Jaganmohan Reddy
New Delhi, May 9: With YSR Congress chief and Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy caught in legal tangles over the disproportionate assets case and the various illegal benefits doled out to concerned parties in return for favours during the tenure of his father and former Andhra Pradesh CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy, the rebel leader has decided to hit out. Irked with the court’s move to freeze the bank accounts of his firms, Jagan has moved the CBI court seeking to defreeze the bank account of Jagathi publications owned by him.

The court on its part has asked the CBI to file its reply by Thursday.

Earlier, when the CBI demanded freezing of the current accounts of the various firms owned by Jagan, the Sakshi group called it an attempt to gag the media and move to curb free speech. It also vehemently denied charges that Sakshi was being used as a medium to park ill-gotten wealth.

Sakshi in its statement said, “Freezing of media company accounts is an attempt to gag the media and free speech. CBI's charge that Sakshi is being used to park ill gotten wealth is false. This act will adversely affect the livelihood of over 20,000 people. The assets case is pending before various courts including the Supreme Court. Sakshi is one of the largest selling newspapers in India with a daily circulation of 14.5 lakhs Sakshi TV is a leading news channel. We request other media organisations to protest this act."

Reacting to the matter, Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy said, "the CBI will continue to do its job. Parties or media have got nothing to do with this."

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