Meanwhile, Jagan Mohan Reddy was closeted with his confidants and tried to figure out what his next course of action should be. His loyalists are learnt to have advised him against going in appeal to the Supreme Court since, in the event of the apex court upholding the High Court’s order, he would have to face the criticism that he did amass opulence taking advantage of the office of the chief minister which his late father YS Rajasekhara Reddy had held, and that he was trying to evade probe now.
“We have not yet taken any decision. Since the direction of the court is only for conducting a preliminary inquiry, there is no need to get worked up. In fact, the direction of the High Court might be politically advantageous to our leader,” one leader who is close to Jagan Mohan Reddy said. Jagan Mohan Reddy is also eliciting the opinions of legal experts whether there is any possibility of getting a stay from the Supreme Court. If the chances are slim, then he may leave it at that and cooperate with CBI officials, according to the leader.
The YSR Congress president is also contemplating using the same strategy that the Congress had used against him making Shankar Rao file a petition in the court. He is examining whether he will be able to get a favourable direction from the court if he asks his men to file petitions in the High Court on the possibility of someone being behind the death of his father in the helicopter crash.
“There are several doubts over the manner in which YSR had died. The CBI had only said that his death was due to the chopper crash. It had not gone into why there was a delay in getting a new chopper or not informing him that the new chopper would be ready within one and a half hours,” the leader said, but he made it clear that these proposals were only at a discussion stage and that no decision was taken on them