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Vivekananda murder case: Bail of main accused revoked | Latest News India

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Vivekananda murder case: Bail of main accused revoked | Latest News India

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The Telangana high court on Thursday revoked the bail of Yerra Gangi Reddy, the prime accused in the murder of former MP and Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy in March 2019, people familiar with the matter said.

Telangana high court revokes Gangi Reddy's bail in Vivekananda murder case. (Shutterstock)
Telangana high court revokes Gangi Reddy’s bail in Vivekananda murder case. (Shutterstock)

A high court bench headed by Justice Chillakur Sumalatha gave the verdict after a prolonged hearing of arguments on a petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is probing the murder of Vivekananda Reddy.

Gangi Reddy was one of the four accused who had allegedly committed the murder of the former MP on the intervening night of March 14-15, 2019, the other three being Y Sunil Yadav, G Uma Shankar Reddy and Shaik Dastagiri. The CBI filed its charge-sheet against them on October 26, 2021.

After the murder of Vivekananda, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) Andhra Pradesh police had arrested Gangi Reddy on March 28, 2019, naming him the main accused. He was remanded to judicial custody.

On June 27, 2019, a day after the statutory period of 90 days had lapsed, Gangi Reddy successfully secured default bail under Section 167(2) of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), as the SIT failed to file a chargesheet before the statutory period.

The CBI, which took up the investigation into the murder case in July 2020, challenged the bail granted to Gangi Reddy, first in the state high court and later in the Supreme Court.

On January 16 this year, the Supreme Court directed the Telangana high court to re-examine the CBI’s petition seeking to cancel Gangi Reddy’s bail that was issued by the trial court at Pulivendula of Kadapa district.

Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Narreddy Suneetha, who impleaded in the case, said in her petition before the high court that Gangi Reddy knew the whole story behind the murder and stressed that his role in the case was bigger and deeper.

“Apart from being part of the murder, Gangi Reddy also emboldened the assailants to kill Vivekananda Reddy. He also played a key role in the destruction of evidence. He is not eligible for a default bail and if he roams freely, then it will have a negative effect on the morale of the witnesses,” she said.

In Thursday’s judgement, the high court bench agreed with the argument of the CBI that Gangi Reddy was threatening the witnesses in the case, at a time when the investigation was at a crucial stage and that the witnesses were feeling insecure with the prime accused being on bail.

The judge asked Gangi Reddy to surrender before the CBI officials by May 5; or else, the investigating agency can arrest him after the deadline.


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