YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy walked out from Chenchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad after spending 485 days with a smiley face greeting admit warm reception from large number of his supporters and senior party leaders, who were waiting opposite the prison since morning.
After filing multiple bail petition in various courts, including Supreme Court, he was granted bail by Special CBI Court in the city on Monday. He is the son of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and was arrested by the CBI on May 27, 2012, in disaproprionate assets case against him. After completing bail formalities in the court, he was released from the prison around 4 P.M.
When finally walked out of the high security Chenchalguda Central prison he was greeted by a massive crowd of supporters. Amidst loud cheers from supporters and sloganeering, white pigeons were released as he was driven out of jail. He was not allowed to walk out due to security concerns. Once outside the jail, Jaganmohan Reddy stepped out of the vehicle. Clad in his trademark light blue shirt, he greeted his supporters with his signature `namaste'.
Security was tightened outside the jail ahead of his release. Police had to resort to mild lathecharge to control the crowd. All the MLAs, MPs of the YSRC had gathered outside the jail. The milling crowd of supporters gave a tough time to the police.
The Kadapa MP was granted bail by the special court for CBI cases at Nampally after they filed a memo stating that it had completed probe in the quo pro quo investments case. After release, he left the jail for his home 'Lotus Pond' at Jubilee Hills in a bulletproof Scorpio. His supporters accompanied him throughout the route, making it a big political rally. On his way he garlanded the statue of his father YS Rajsekhara Reddy in Punjagutta center.
YSRCP MLAs were the first to greet him when he steps out into freedom from jail walls of Chanchalguda. Jagan personally hugged the party MLAs and shook hands with them before proceeding to the bullet proof vehicle arranged by the police to proceed towards his home.
His cousins -- Avinash Reddy and Yeshwant Reddy -- furnished the two securities of Rs 2 lakh each in the CBI court this morning.
Scores of Jagan supporters and YSRC workers raised slogans and danced in front of the jail, from where the 40-year-old walked out after nearly 16 months, on submission of necessary documents in the special CBI court. The cases registered against him are related to investments made by various companies in Jagan's firms in return for alleged undue favours extended to them, including land and water allotments, during the tenure of his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy as Andhra Pradesh chief minister between 2004 and 2009.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had on October 5 last year and on May 9 this year rejected the bail petitions of Jagan. In May, the apex court had directed CBI to complete its investigation and file the chargesheet(s) within four months. Thereafter, the appellant could move the trial court, which would be "free to consider the prayer for bail independently on its merits without being influenced by dismissal of the present appeal," the Supreme Court had said.