Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday sought for dismissal of the Income Tax department’s petition seeking copies of the documents seized by CBI while probing corruption allegations against him claiming that the petition was not maintainable in law.
Referring to the IT department's petition, the counsel of Jaganmohan Reddy filed a counter before the special CBI court and opposed the IT department’s petition saying "no provision has been cited by the IT department seeking the documents."
The counsel alleged contents mentioned by the IT department in the petition are false adding "the contention of the petitioner that the seized materials are very much relevant for concluding the assessment of my client (Jaganmohan Reddy) and his group of companies, which are pending in the office of IT department, is incorrect and that there is no basis in this regard."
"My client has not suppressed any material before the IT department and is cooperating and furnishing all documents as sought. The IT department has not filed any document to show my client failed to respond to notices sent by it," Jagan's counsel submitted.
Seeking a direction to CBI to share the material seized during searches on premises of YSR Congress Chief and the group of companies owned by him, the Income Tax department officials of Bangalore and Hyderabad had earlier approached the Special Court here.
Meanwhile, Gali Janardhana Reddy's close associate B Sreeramulu, a former minister from Karnataka, who was also one of the directors of OMC, today met him at Chanchalguda Central Prison here.
"I am 100 per cent sure he (Janardhana Reddy) will come out and I pray God for this," Sreeramulu said. Sreeramulu, also a mining magnate, had resigned his Assembly membership (Bellary Rural Assembly seat) over a month ago, reportedly unhappy over denial of ministerial berth following his indictment in the Karnataka Lokayukta report on illegal mining.
Reddy had yesterday said in Bangalore that he would decide on contesting November 30 Bellary Rural bypoll either as an independent or as BJP candidate after meeting former minister G Janardhana Reddy.
Though BJP observers had called on Sreeramulu in Bellary on Sunday to try to convince him to contest as BJP candidate, he has not made any commitment on the issue.
The election was necessitated after Sriramulu resigned from his Assembly membership in August, apparently miffed at being denied a ministership.
Sriramulu, however, had stated he resigned because his self-respect suffered a setback after his name figured in the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.