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Indian MP Jagan Mohan Reddy freed from prison after 16 months in jail

Indian MP Jagan Mohan Reddy

Indian MP Jagan Mohan Reddy

Indian MP Jagan Mohan Reddy today walked free after spending more than 16 months in jail after being arrested in connection with a disproportionate assets case.

Mr Reddy was arrested in May 2012 and charged with “criminal conspiracy, cheating and falsification of accounts”. He denies all charges.

He is the son of YSR Reddy, the charismatic former state chief minister who died in a helicopter crash in 2009.

Both the father and the son were members of India’s governing Congress party. But after his father’s death, the Congress ignored his bid for the chief minister’s post and he quit accusing the party of humiliating him and his family. Later, he launched his own party, YSR Congress.

A special court Monday granted conditional bail to Jagan in disproportionate assets case.

He was given bail on submission of necessary documents in the special CBI court. Pronouncing the order, reserved last week, on the bail petition, CBI Special Judge U Durgaprasada Rao directed him not to leave Hyderabad without the court’s permission and not to interfere with the investigations.

He was greeted by a sea of YSR Congress supporters and workers as he stepped out of the Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad. The supporters raised slogans and danced in front of the jail. In view of this, security around the jail premises was tightened with deployment of huge police force besides paramilitary forces.

He was seen requesting people to make way for his convoy, which later left for his residence at Lotus Pond in Jubliee Hills. The young leader sat in a bullet proof vehicle, escorted by several security personnel.

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