Among those who were forcibly taken away include wife YS Bharathi, sister Sharmila, Jagan's brother-in-law evangelist Brother Anil Kumar, Jagan loyalist Congress MP Sabbam Hari, YSR party leaders J Prabhakar Rao, YV Subba Reddy and others apart from his mother.
The police stated that they were all arrested for violating prohibitory orders in the city that bars the assembly of five or more people. Vijayalakshmi along with other family members staged the protest outside the CBI office for over two hours demanding to know the real reason behind Jagan’s arrest.
Jagan’s mother alleged that his arrest was the result of vindictive politics by the Congress and was victimised for not adhering to the Congress High Command’s decisions. She has been quoted as saying, “I ask, what wrong has my son done? He decided to condole the families of those who died after hearing of my husband YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s death, is that a crime? It was against the wishes of Congress high command. My son is being victimised because the Congress is scared of his popularity.”
Meanwhile, there seem to be divided views following Jagan’s arrest with the BJP raising questions on the timing of the arrest in lieu of the forthcoming Andhra bypolls. TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, however, said, “There are a number of allegations that Jaganmohan benefited from decisions taken by his father the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s government. He must face the law now.”
With fingers pointing towards the Congress, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President Botsa Satyanarayana stated that the party had nothing to do with the arrest and that the CBI was an independent body.